Ok, so you're starting to make some New Year's Resolutions, well here's what not to do.
Too Much, Too Soon
You're excited about your New Year's Resolutions, so much so that you jump in way over your head. The problem with doing too much, too fast is that you can (AND WILL) hurt yourself or you will most likely get burnt out and never see your fitness goal through to the end. So, take it easy. Start small and work your way up. Here's an idea: walk 5 minutes, run a minute, walk 5 minutes run two minutes. Build up to thirty minutes and you're done. Do this for a week and then reduce walking and add more running or increase the overall time. For the new cyclist, start with a 5 mile loop and build your way up to a 20 mile loop over a two week time frame, riding your bike 2 to 3 times a week. Don't start on a 15 mile loop and think you'll get to that 20 mile loop faster, chances are you may, but your body may not adjust well and then you'll have to take time off the bike to recover and that will lengthen the time it takes to get to your goal.
Focus Only On Weight Loss
Losing weight is great, but focus on getting fit and enjoy the benefits of exercise, such as having more energy and sleeping better. The weight loss will happen over time, just commit to maintaining a good exercise schedule and in the end you'll be at your goal weight.
Weight lifting, running, cycling, yoga, crossfit... there are a ton of options. Make sure you chose the one that is right for your body and current physical ability. Choosing one exercise method because it is "cool" or its the only thing you know how to do, may actually not be the best option for you.
Couch to Iron Man in 6 months, is unrealistic. Set goals that you can achieve, because if you fail early on, you'll give up on the long-term goal. Set short-term goals that are attainable, but not easy, and have them all add up to a long-term goal.
Bad form is BAD. You can hurt yourself by watching others who think they are doing something right, but in reality they aren't. Make sure you have a coach show you how to do a weight movement, have proper running form, or how to tackle a hill on your bike. Sometimes what you do naturally, isn't really the right way to do the motion.
Now, get out there and make 2015 your fittest year yet! And, if you have any questions, please swing by the shop and talk to us. We have degrees in this stuff and live and breathe it everyday!