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In this special guest feature, Paige Johnson, a personal trainer and regular contributor at, shares tips to turn your fitness goals into habits.

At this point it may seem like eternities ago, but at the beginning of the year, you set a resolution to improve your health, whether your end goal was to lose weight, fight off a chronic condition like fatigue, improve a mental health condition like addiction, or simply feel more confident. Now that the year is progressing, you may have found that your resolution has fallen by the wayside. In order to stick to your goals, you must have strategies in place for sticking to them.

Set Up a Plan
Regardless of how big or small your goals are, making a positive change in your life requires planning to ensure follow-through. Consider using the acronym SMART:

  • Specific – Your goal needs to be clear and easy to understand. Rather than set a common goal, such as “get healthy,” take it a step further by getting specific, such as “lose weight” or “start exercising.” Avoid vague goals.
  • Measureable – Goals are useless without a way to measure and track your progress to determine when you have reached your goal. Making your goal measurable involves adding a number, such as losing 10 pounds or exercising three times a week.
  • Attainable – Adding a number makes your goal measurable, but before you add a number, you need to decide how high or low you want to go. Your goal shouldn’t be too easy, but making it too extreme won’t help you, either. For example, a 5 to 10 percent weight loss is achievable for most overweight people, so set your goal at 7 percent.
  • Relevant – Make sure your goal is relevant to you and what you want to accomplish. Don’t set a goal just because others want you to or everyone else is doing it. If losing weight is not a concern for you at the moment, set a goal that is.
  • Time-bound – The final piece in setting a goal is to have an end-point in order to motivate you to get started and keep pushing forward.

Using the SMART method to set a goal is a great way to get started, but keep in mind that your plan can, and should, change. For example, if your plan was to hit the gym three times a week but you have found that you are dreading going or coming up with excuses to skip it, re-evaluate your plan. Consider alternatives such as exercising outdoors or trying out a new class, like Zumba or kickboxing.

Get a Support System
Crushing your goals on your own is fantastic, but sometimes it helps to have a support system in place to push you forward during those days or weeks when you just feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. Finding a workout partner could be the push you need, helping the time to pass, keeping you accountable, and cheering you on. When you work out alone, you may find yourself constantly looking at the clock, and that sense of dread can make it hard for you to summon up the energy to work out. Having a workout partner can help the time to pass by having someone to chat with or engage in friendly competition. You may also find that in having someone counting on you for an exercise session, you are less likely to back out or cancel, and may find yourself working harder. According to one study, those who work out with a partner they perceived to be better increased their workout and intensity by 200 percent, and were fueled by the motivation to not let their partner down. Find a partner that pushes you, but also respects your limits.

Having a buddy also touts the benefit of having someone to remind and draw attention to your progress. You may not notice the progress you are making, such as the weight you’ve lost or the endurance you’ve built up, but a workout buddy can view you objectively, remind you of your progress, and give you the validation you need to keep pushing forward. An added benefit is having someone to celebrate your success with, such as a night out or a day at the spa.

Resolutions are hard to keep at times, but with an action plan and support system in place, you can set yourself up for success. Be smart about your plan, and find the support you need to keep you moving forward as you strive to reach your goals.

About the Author
Paige Johnson is a self-described fitness “nerd.” She possesses a love for strength training. In addition to weight-lifting, she is a yoga enthusiast and avid cyclist. She enjoys writing about fitness and health for Learn Fit.


New Year’s resolutions fall into two buckets - the ones we keep and the ones we don’t. Taking better care of your dental health is similar to going to the gym, you know you have to do it, you dread doing it, but afterward feel great for having done it. Unlike going to the gym, when you take care of your pearly whites you can actually see results immediately and only have to spend a fraction of the time to do so. Here are three strategies to keep your smile brighter in the New Year.

1. Buy an electric tooth brush: As I've mentioned previously, the best investment in your dental health is an electric toothbrush. Whether it’s Sonicare (my toothbrush of choice) or Oral B, the $150 ticket price is worth it. Did you know you would have to brush for an entire month (twice per day for thirty days) with a regular tooth brush in order to accomplish the same number of strokes as brushing for two minutes with a Sonicare electric brush? Think about how clean your mouth will be if you spend just four minutes per day using your electric brush. And another bonus - a whiter and more attractive smile!

2. Make an honest effort to floss: Let’s be honest, no one likes to floss. Winding that little string around your fingers and trying to maneuver it throughout your mouth without choking seems like a task worth avoiding. But those of us who’ve had dental cavities between our teeth know that in the long run, spending thirty seconds per day flossing is much better than getting a filling. The key is finding the right flossing tools that works for you. Whether it’s flossing string, floss pick or a water pick, spending those seconds removing plaque and bacteria before bedtime is crucial to avoiding cavities.

3. Limit sugary and sticky foods: The hardest part about keeping our mouth clean is after eating sticky foods that get caught between our teeth and are impossible to get out. Those sour patch kids, gummy bears and caramel chews are delicious but tend to stick around the longest if not properly removed. And since they’re so high in sugar, they're like battery acid to our teeth, eating away at our tooth enamel. By limiting our consumption of these sticky and sugary candy, we can significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay. Plus it will decrease the number of calories we have to burn at the gym!

Most importantly, don’t forget to see your dentist for your regular checkup and cleaning. You can avoid problems before they start or at least before they get any worse.

Dr. Valerie Martins - Beverly, MA DentistDr. Valerie Martins founded Martins Dental Partners -- located at 130 Cabot Street in Beverly, MA -- to bring her dream of a full-service dental practice focused on delivering an unparalleled patient experience to life. Dr. Martins discovered her love of Dentistry as a teenager while working in the dental office of a family friend, where she was fascinated by the close relationships between dentists, staff, and patients. Today, creating close relationships with her team and patients is the foundation of Martins Dental Partners philosophy. “I believe that a positive dental experience for most patients starts with building trust and a good rapport with their doctor, starting at the first appointment.” Dr. Martins says.

A path to finding the perfect dentist for you and your family.

When it comes to choosing your dental office, there’s a lot to consider. Your relationship with the dentist, your comfort level throughout the visit and the technology and amenities provided to name a few.   But once you develop a relationship with the right practice, the benefits are tremendous because your dentist will grow to know you and your individual needs.  Over time, you’ll develop a relationship and history together as the doctor becomes familiar with your desires, concerns and what, specifically has gone on in your mouth.   “I believe a positive dental experience for most patients starts with building trust and a good rapport with their doctor, starting at the first appointment.” says Dr. Valerie Martins of Martins Dental Partners.

How do you find the right dentist for YOU?  Here are three steps to put you on the right path:

1. Do your research: If you’re looking to make a change or have moved to a new area, do your research.  You can google dental practices in your town or ask people you know in the area.  Pay special attention to online reviews from sites such as google and yelp.  Online reviews can provide you with visibility to patients’ experiences across a wide range of visits and procedures.  Most reviews provide detailed and thoughtful overviews of the patient’s experience.  Martins Dental Partners is proud of the many fantastic reviews our patients have provided.

2. Visit the office: Once you’ve done your research, visit the office.  You can call ahead and ask for a tour or just stop in unannounced.  Your goal is to get a sense of how the office “feels” to you.  What is your first impression as you fist walk in the door?  Is the environment soothing and comfortable?  What amenities are provided to patients?  Many dental offices today provide countless comforts in order to provide an exceptional experience for every patient.  At Martins Dental Partners, you'll find Apple TV in each treatment room featuring Netflix and Pandora as well as wireless, noise-canceling headphones to make your visit as relaxing as possible.  We also encourage potential patients to request a complimentary tour of our beautiful office located at 130 Cabot Street in beautiful Beverly, MA.

3. Talk to the Doctor: During a new patient appointment, the doctor should speak with you about any concerns you have as well as what your personal goals are.  Your first appointment is also a great time to ask the doctor about their approach to treatment and evaluate the level of collaboration the doctor displays.  Does he/she explain things clearly? Are they focused on prevention and long term wellness?  At Martins Dental Partners, our mission is to perfect the Dental experience. “We’re committed to establishing an unsurpassed depth of honesty, trust and connection with our patients – a partnership that will last a lifetime."  says Dr. Martins.

Evaluating the difficult decision of which dental practice best fits your needs can feel like an overwhelming experience; we hope these steps help you find a practice that will surpass any expectations you may have regarding a visit to the Dentist.

Donate Your Winter Coats! 

Martins Dental Partners is an official "Coats for Kids" drop off location.  Make your donation until January 6, 2017 at 130 Cabot Street, Beverly MA.

Coats are needed for all ages: children, teens, adults, & infants. All coats will be professionally cleaned by Anton’s Cleaners.

Your donation will make this winter warmer for local children and families. Do Good, Feel Good!