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New Year's Resolution Teams

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  -- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator
New Year's resolutions—a new year for a new you, right? Why is it that you have so much motivation and momentum when January 1st rolls around, but your drive for success freezes up and comes to an abrupt stop within a few weeks? Well, that could be due to lots of things—a failure to plan, an expectation for instant results, or a lack of support. But this year, SparkPeople can help you reach all of your goals, no matter what they are! That's where Teams come in.

Each year, people tend to set the same types of resolutions, like exercising, losing weight, or learning something new. Below, you'll find this year's top 10 resolutions, along with specific SparkTeams that will offer you support, motivation, and encouragement to reach your goals, from saving more money to organizing your life. If you don't find a Team that meets your resolution needs, feel free to start one of your own!

Top 10 New Year Resolutions

1. Spend more time with family/friends. Several recent polls show that the majority of Americans want to spend more time with family and friends this year. These Teams can help support you in your goals and find balance between work and family life: 2. Exercise! Although we all know it's good for us, it can be hard to stick with a consistent program. These Teams and ongoing challenges will give you the motivation you need to make fitness a part of your life: 3. Lose weight. If you're a SparkPeople member, you're in the right place to get all the resources you need to lose weight. But sometimes it helps even more when you can connect with other people with similar goals and circumstances. You may fit into one of the following weight loss Teams: 4. Quit smoking. Many smokers have tried to quit several times and failed, but that's no reason to give up. After all, the average smoker will attempt to quit about four times before she is successful. Support from others like you can go a long way when stopping this habit. Check out the following SparkTeams: 5. Enjoy life more. What does "enjoying life" mean to you? Whether you want to travel more, beat depression or change your negative attitude into a positive one, these Teams can help: 6. Quit drinking. Drinking too much can hamper your relationships with others, your work, and your health. Whether you want to just cut back or stop completely, these Teams may help you reach your goals: 7. Get out of debt. Most people spend too much money and don't save enough. But where do you start to get your finances back on track? Try these Teams for encouragement and ideas: 8. Learn something new. If you want to pick up a new hobby or go back to school, look no further than these interesting Teams: 9. Help others. Doing more for the less fortunate is a great way to "pay it forward" and foster a deep sense of connectedness and community within yourself and others. Check out these charitable SparkTeams: 10. Get organized. Who doesn't need a little more organization? If you're not sure how to begin organizing yourself and your life, you'll get lots of tips and support from these Teams: These are just a handful of the Teams that are already available on SparkPeople. If you haven't found one yet, visit the "Find SparkTeams" page, where you can browse SparkPeople's Teams by category or popularity, and perform a keyword search to find a Team to join. Now you have all the support and guidance you need to succeed and keep the momentum going all year long!

Happy Holidays and good luck reaching your goals!