By: Oanhie “Shinsen” Pham, Copy Editor & Staff Writer

Another common resolution is to exercise and lose weight. For some of us, it’s easier said than done. Other priorities get in the way, and losing weight becomes an unnecessary chore. Instead of calculating how much weight to lose, think of fun and healthy activities to pursue.

Get off the couch and invite a friend to take a walk, play a sports activity or a take trip to the gym with you. Having someone who shares similar weight loss goals with you might motivate you to keep going. You don’t have to use gym equipment to help you achieve your goals. Go for longer walks around the neighborhood or local community park if you want to avoid the gym. If you have a staircase at home, walk or run up and down the stairs. Use water-filled bottles if you don’t have dumbbells. For more ideas, click here.

It’s not just exercising that helps you become healthy, it’s also eating habits. Eat healthy snacks throughout the day instead of binging on potato chips, soda and ice cream. If you have a lot of junk food in your kitchen (or a hidden stash of it between your sofa seats), throw them out. You can’t consume what you don’t have. You don’t have to stop eating deliciously fatty foods altogether. Just remember to take everything in moderation. The average American consumes 245 calories of soft drinks a day, according to “Reader’s Digest.” So drink more water instead of soda. Eat smaller meals. A suggestion from “Reader’s Digest” is to downsize your dinner plates. The smaller your plates, the less food you put on it. Another thing “Reader’s Digest” suggests is to sleep because food cravings tend to pop up when you’re tired. So take a nap, gain your energy and lessen those cravings.

Be sure to write down your goals (or share them on your blog or social network). Share your goals with friends. Not only can they motivate you, but you might gain a weight-loss partner. Be sure to set realistic goals if you are serious about losing weight. And of course, think positive!