Lexie and Lindsay Kite, both of whom earned doctorates in the study of media and body image, believe “the focus on physical health at the new year is a good thing and we shouldn’t turn away from that,” Lindsay Kite said. However, the twin sisters, who work at the University of Utah and run the nonprofit organization Beauty Redefined, believe there is room to adjust our perspective on resolutions.

“Rather than saying, ‘I’m going to fit into this certain dress size’ or ‘I’m going to weigh this number that has been my goal weight for years by March or July’… our goals instead will focus on how we feel and what our bodies can do,” Lindsay Kite said. “When we set measurable goals, that allows us to not only use our bodies as instruments but to understand them and think about them in a new way.”

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