TIP OF THE WEEK

So, you’ve set your health and fitness resolutions for the year, but you’re not really sure how to make the motivation and hard work last more than a few months? We’ve rounded up our best tips to help you avoid the fizzle and finally reach your goals this time around.

Resolute for the right reasons: We’re two weeks into the new year, but it’s not too late to “edit” your resolutions. Whatever your goals, make sure you are aiming to better yourself for the long-haul and not just the short term. Rapid weight loss gimmicks and tricks don’t stick. Make a resolution that will become a habit for the rest of your life.

Write it down: Everywhere! Don’t keep your resolution silent in your head. Plaster it everywhere for visual motivation! Is your goal to drink more water? Put a sticky note on your fridge and mirror as a reminder. Trying to go to the gym five days week? Write your favorite motivational quotes on a piece of paper and tape it in your cubicle and your car. When you see your resolution daily, you won’t forget what you set out to accomplish.

Don’t go it alone: Two is better than one when it comes to sticking to a fitness plan. Find a friend who has similar goals and become accountability partners. Text each other daily reminders, share healthy recipes you’ve discovered, and schedule workouts together. If a partner is hard to come by, join a walking or running club or become a member of a gym with lots of classes. Group fitness classes are easier than planning your own solo workout if you’re new to fitness.

Set mini-milestones: If you wait to celebrate your successes in December, you’ll quickly realize that 12 months of work with no “fun” will lead to a burnout. Instead, set mini-milestones and throw a mini-celebration when you check them off the list. But don’t set back your efforts with celebrations that include trips to the ice cream shop or missed days at the gym. Treat yourself to a new pair of workout pants, a spa treatment, or a trendy workout class you’ve always wanted to try.

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CHILDREN’S HEALTH

The science of sleep: A new study shows that napping is key in babies’ formation of important memories. Researchers from Ruhr University in Germany said that without the proper amount of sleep, babies tend to forget what they learned about the world. The study focused on sleeping habits of babies between 6 and 12 months old.

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SENIOR HEALTH

Too many toasts: As many as 3 million Americans ages 50 and older abuse alcohol, experts say, a problem that is often attributed to difficulties coping with retirement. For some people, feeling less busy can lead to depression, and for some couples, retirement can lead to financial difficulties and marriage strains. Doctors say it is important to be aware of your alcohol intake, and to stay active and social.

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NEW RESEARCH

Heart healthy: In a new paper published in the Science Translational Medicine journal earlier this month, Imperial College London researchers have identified key gene mutation responsible for dilated cardiomyopathy, a type of inherited heart disease. In the study, which included more than 5,000 people, the researchers sequenced the gene encoding titin, a muscle protein that has been linked to dilated cardiomyopathy. The scientists say they have discovered the root of the mutation, which will make it easier to diagnose and screen the most high-risk patients.

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BOOK PICK

‘Healing Yoga: Proven Postures to Treat Twenty Common Ailments’ by Loren Fishman

“Healing Yoga” unites medical knowledge with the practice of yoga to help treat twenty common conditions, including headache, weight gain, the common cold, scoliosis, PMS, stress, depression, and eight different types of back pain. Dr. Fishman shares techniques he has invented, refined, and validated with thousands of patients, including detailed pose instructions and accompanying photographs.

— W.W. Norton & Company