A combination of diet and exercise is the best way to lose weight and get in shape. As the New Year rolls around many people like to make their New Year’s resolution a promise to get into better shape. For those who have been going to the gym over several years I’m sure they have noticed the big jump in the number of people suddenly attending the gym in January. Then over the next few months watch the numbers drop off and return to normal by about March. I have always felt many people try to start of with their exercise programs in a way that isn’t sustainable. The key is to incorporate a work out program that one would be able to continue and make a part of a person’s life and live a more healthy lifestyle. Gains will take time but if one can form the habit of exercise a person can definitely change the way an individual looks and feels over time. I believe one important key is to start slowly and have the initial work outs somewhat simple to just start to form the habit. After a few weeks when the base habit of going to the gym has become part of one’s routine then make it a bit harder, but not so hard that one dreads going to the gym. You want to enjoy the gym experience and look forward to it, not dread it. Also, I have a little pre gym ritual that I really enjoy doing. It involves a protein drink, music and little mental psych. You may want to start a little tradition for yourself. Realistic goals and expectations are important. Keep in mind that you are always slowly working toward ones goals. Everyone misses work outs, but if you can get back in the gym, after just a couple of work outs you will feel like you are back in the swing of things and working toward you goals again. Often I set a goals such as looking great for a special occasion such as a wedding, going to the beach or getting into a sexy Halloween costume. Whatever you goal is, it is important to have goals and give yourself time to accomplish them.