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Drinking less alcohol. Eating healthier foods. Getting a better education. Or how about managing money? Quitting smoking. Reducing, reusing and recycling. What do they have in common? All can be found on the typical New Year's resolution list. But the most popular goal shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.

Weight loss and getting in shape usually tops the list of New Year's resolutions.

Two local gyms see a surge in memberships during the first few months of the New Year. But keeping members motivated and active in the gym throughout the year is a top priority for Anytime Fitness marketing director Anna Broussard.

"We try to keep them from being discouraged," said Broussard. "When they come in and try to talk to us about canceling, sometimes we try and talk with them about why do they want to cancel, let's get back into it, how can we help you and help to stay focused on the goal you had from the beginning."

Along with achieving other resolutions, getting in shape and losing weight is not just a physical change.

Gigi Kaufman, director and owner of Gigi's fitness says it's an entire lifestyle change for people and others around them.

"When you are fit, you're happy," said Kaufman. "You have energy. You look forward to the day, to go out and do things. Fit people are just very happy and energetic people. Have very positive attitudes that are very contagious and it rubs off on people."

For most people, sticking with it may be the hardest part.

"A lot of times I see people come in for a month, and then I don't see them again for a year," said Broussard. "We try to avoid that. We try to help them stay in the gym and to realize that they really can do what they resolve to do for the New Year."

But for some, getting started may be the struggle. Anytime Fitness general manager Bruce Broussard strives to help members meet their goals from day one.

"We set them up with a personal trainer, show them the equipment," said Broussard. "We show them a little workout they can do, something easy something, that way they can achieve their goals very easily."

And with technology these days, your cell phone can now help you keep track of your New Year's resolutions. Iphone or android, there's an app for you. Getting in shape and losing weight can be tracked with the Daily Burn app on the Iphone or the Noom Weight loss app for the Android.

Want to quit smoking? Download the My Quit Coach app to help you quit fast or overtime. The Quitter app can also help you put down the pack by calculating the money that stays in your pocket when the cigarettes stay on the shelves.

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