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Staying on Top of Fitness

How to avoid being a resolution casualty in February.

Enter Technology

People can now take advantage of the advances in computers and other electronics to become more conscientious. The popular heart monitor, for example, alerts its owner when it hasn't been used for three days.

Judging by the variety of virtual training, which keeps tabs on people via email, it may be the wave of the future. Some web sites offer individualized training programs for a monthly fee that entitle the customer to benefit from workout planning and motivational phone calls from a trainer. These programs also offer email updates to the program based on the client's progress. Other sites sell fitness products and offer free assessments based on data entered by the user. Health indices such as the client's body mass index and waist-to-hip ratios are calculated, and nutritional and activity goals are recommended based on that data.

Whatever the technique, making a lifestyle change takes time, Maki says. But once people get into a routine, he adds, "the greatest motivation will be seeing the results."

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