Doctor advises on ways to set healthy goals, avoid mistakes in new year

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX )- The New Year means many people are setting fitness goals, from regular exercise to watching what you eat.

But what are the best ways to do that safely?

KBTX talked to a local doctor about the best ways to improve your health.

"I think the biggest thing is to you know be realistic. Don't jump out and start trying to run a marathon the first day. You know be gradual and be smart about it. If you have heart disease or lung disease make sure you check with your physician," said Dr. Joel Richards, with My Doc.

He also suggested listening to your body.

"Anytime anything doesn't feel right. It’s one thing to be sore, it's another thing to be hurting. If you’re hurting and it doesn’t feel right, go get it checked out," he said.

Despite wet weather outside, customers kept coming to Clean Juice in College Station.

"I want to be more intentional with what I put into my body as well so just be mindful of what I'm putting into my body," said Billy Pugliese, a College Station resident who'd just finished working out. She was ordering a healthy drink.

“I’m a former athlete, Division One athlete so I was really, really strong and after having a child I totally fell off. So now I’m just trying to stay consistent and get stronger," said Pugliese.

"Any nutrition goals you have. Any new health goals, you come see us we can help you out," said Dariane Jackson, a Clean Juice Juicerista. She said they get a lot of walk-in customers and people who are coming from the Orange Theory fitness place a few doors down.

A little further down Texas Avenue at Brazos Running Company, staff told KBTX it's been busier than usual for the first of the year.

"We’ve had quite a few actually despite the rain, despite the weather they're all getting out, getting new running shoes. Getting back into it," said Chris Adams with Brazos Running Company.

"I stay pretty steady. I go to the gym and I also like do my running. My running slows down in the winter because for me I don't like to run when it's cold out," said Kevin Baker, a College Station resident who was trying on new running shoes at the store.

"I've always been a runner. Haven’t done the marathon thing but I’ve always kept it up on my own time and always enjoy it," he added.

One of the biggest challenges for people KBTX talked to was just sticking to their goals.

"Balance is a big one for me; I'm a mom, I'm a student. I'm an employee. I'm a wife and so just kind of maintain family, work and myself," said Pugliese.

Experts also tell us to also ease back into activities if you've taken a break over the holiday season.

Dr. Richards also suggests you try to eat healthy, exercise fairly consistently and don't smoke.