It's that time of year again-when you vow to shape up, lose weight, and start saving...just like you have...dozens of times before. The difference this year? These winning strategies, which studies show will enable you to make real changes in your life. Bonus stat: Scientists say it only takes 21 days for the brain to form a new habit. And just knowing that can help you conquer anything.
Resolution 1: I will go to the gym
The trick is to plan your workout schedule as seriously as you do cocktails with friends: Studies show that you're more likely to stick to a fitness plan if you set a schedule in advance. Ears peak when we mentioned cocktails? Well then you, missy, are best served by a morning workout routine, so you'll have no excuse to cancel on the gym when after-work drinks beckon. And, during your workout, listen to music that's 120 to 140 beats per minute-think "Push It" by Salt-N-Pepa. Fast, but not too fast, paced music is proven to keep you moving.