HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - A new year means resolutions about being healthier for many.
But, some people have a hard time sticking to fitness and diet goals.
Health care workers say it is best to prioritize your health all year.
"Definitely not just in January when you make a New Year's resolution," said Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky nurse Martha Collier.
Whether it is losing weight or gaining muscle, there are a few steps everyone can take to meet those goals.
"It's kind of a mix, you want to eat healthily and you still want to get in exercise when you can," said personal trainer Dennis Howard.
There are appointments even healthy people should make year round.
"Health maintenance, well child checks, woman's health care once a year, you have your mammograms," said Collier.
If you do not go to the doctor regularly, it could cost you. Also, if you cannot lose weight there might be a bigger issue than diet and exercise.
"A lot of people in this area do not know they are diabetic. They come in and have regular labs drawn and realize they are diabetic," said Collier.
Collier said a lot of people eat out too often and do not make healthy choices when they do. She said opting for a salad or grilled chicken can make a big difference.
And, when you do make it to the gym the results can be good for your body and mind.
"A lot of people when they go to the gym it is for mental health. It is a stress reliever. You got a lot of things on your mind, had a stressful day, you go to the gym and it's a stress reliever," said Howard.
Howard and Collier both said to make goals you will stick with. If you like an unhealthy food or drink, you can cut back on it without cutting it out. Helping yourself to a treat can also encourage you to eat healthy because it is a special opportunity to splurge instead of an everyday thing.