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Why you should get a head start on your New Year's resolution

Posted at 4:22 PM, Dec 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 16:22:26-05

WMAR — Many people set New Year's resolutions annually, and if you really want to crush them, there are a few ways for you to get a head start.

Dr. Dianah Lake says there's no science that shows starting a resolution on New Year's Day is a recipe for success.

However, there is evidence that waiting until the holiday season is over to start a resolution can be a disadvantage.

Waiting has another disadvantage -- it puts you deeper into the winter season, which may make it harder for you to get out the door and to a gym.

If you start before January 1st, though, your mood may be improved by the results you're already reaping.

“You go into the new year feeling like you're actually seeing results before the year begins," said Dr. Dianah Lake. "That's a great feeling because now you feel like you're ahead of the game when everyone else is showing up in the gym for the first time.”

By then, you're well on your way to making your resolutions a reality.

The mentality of starting early works for many kinds of resolutions, not just getting into shape.

Whether it's getting organized, saving money or losing weight, there's no better time to get started than right now.