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Thousands commit to healthy life in 2013

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -

It's that time of year when many people set goals for the New Year. Losing weight and getting in shape is one of the most popular resolutions each year.

Thousands of people hit the streets across the nation this New Year's Day, taking part in a 5K fun run that's part of a nationwide push for better health habits in 2013.

Despite the rainy weather in Sandy Springs, hundreds participated in the Commitment Day 5K Run; some even carried umbrellas in an effort to stay dry.

Many of the people who participated in the run told FOX 5 that they don't usually make New Year's resolutions, but this year was different and they decided to run to get an early start on getting in shape.

"I decided that 13 is my number, 2013 is going to be my year and I want to get fit, and be healthy and it's all about commitment today," said Tracie Coole.

Resolutions are often broken, as even 9-year old Baila Bleacar has learned.

"Well I heard a lot of people don't keep them, but for me I really try to and it's really hard," said Bleacar.

Dr. Andrew Gothard of Atlanta Psychological Services says the key to keeping them is to plan ahead and get in the right mindset.

"I think the biggest hindrance is that most people make resolutions that are unrealistic; they tend to have magical belief that because it's New Year's, it's a fresh start and new beginning, that they're going to be able to make this change instantly," said Gothard.

So if your goal is to run a marathon or lose 30 pounds, Gothard says start smaller and meet incremental goals along the way.

"It's the old maxim that life by the yard is hard, but life by the inch is a cinch," Gothard said.

By the end of January, about 33 percent of people have already broken a resolution in the first day. Experts say if you can get through the first month, it's more likely to become a habit.

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