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Family, friends top resolutions

Its been five days, how are you doing with your 2008 resolutions? Did you give into temptation and eat that last piece of pumpkin pie? Did you go for a walk this morning or sleep in? I dont make New Years resolutions. For me, if a change is needed, I make it. Theres no reason to wait for Jan. 1. Yet for millions, New Years is a new beginning; an opportunity to become fitter, smarter, better than ever before. So what are the top resolutions for 2008? According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, heres the list: 1. Spend more time with family and friends Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50 percent of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. 2. Get in shape The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. 3. Lose weight Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions. 4. Quit smoking Its no secret smoking kills people. Still, Americans struggle to stop. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. 5. Enjoy life more More and more people cite stress as a leading problem in their lives. Its time to relax. 6. Quit drinking Alcohol abuse is a destructive force in society. Rarely can people who have drinking problems stop cold turkey. Attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings is one source after the New Year. 7. Get out of debt Maybe its the housing crisis, the high cost of fuel or general concern about the economy, but millions of Americans have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. 8. Learn something new Self improvement is always a good thing. It would be cool to learn a language or debate the merits of string theory. 9. Help others It make not take the form of a resolution, but were fortunate to have so many volunteers in our community. 10. Get organized Whether people admit it or not, just about everyone craves order in their life. Theres something comforting about being able to find the TV remote when you want it. Whatever your resolutions for 2008, good luck. Happy New Year!

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