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Follow Friday: Tweet your New Year's resolutions

By Doug Gross, CNN
Exercise guru Richard Simmons offers fitness tips on Twitter.
Exercise guru Richard Simmons offers fitness tips on Twitter.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • On Follow Friday, CNN recommends Twitter feeds on a news topic
  • This week's topic: New Year's resolutions
  • Twitter feeds offer help on getting fit, quitting smoking and organizing finances
  • Even "Sweatin' to the Oldies" icon Richard Simmons can be found
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(CNN) -- "Probably nothing in the world arouses more false hopes than the first four hours of a diet." -- Samuel Beckett

With 2010 only hours old, it's a statistical certainty that some New Year's resolutions have already crumbled and fallen faster than the sparkly ball in Times Square.

But it's not too late to try again. Or, if you're one of the fortunate ones who has held onto your resolutions this long, maybe this is the time that oath to lose weight, quit smoking or get your finances in order will actually stick.

We could all use a little help in that regard. And once again, Twitter is here for us.

We've rounded up five Twitter feeds that may help keep those promises to yourself going until 2011.

@goodhealth (Health magazine)

Whether you're looking to eat healthier, get more exercise or quit smoking, you'll find tips, advice and encouragement here -- along with more than 1 million other health-conscious folks. The official feed of Health magazine, these updates include its articles and a roundup of health-related news from other places, as well.

Followers: More than 1.1 million

Sample tweet: December 26 is hazardous to your heart. Find out about so-called Christmas coronaries: http://bit.ly/60mZtq

@truthPR (Truth anti-smoking campaign)

You've probably seen their provocative television commercials. And while Truth is an anti-smoking campaign targeting kids and teens, there are plenty of tweets on here to remind anyone trying to quit why it's a good idea.

Followers: Only about 80 (this surprised us -- then again, who wants to be nagged daily about quitting smoking?)

Sample tweet: truth wins AdWeek Media's online poll of Ad Campaign of the Decade! thanks to all who voted and all who support what we do.

@benjamteal (Benjamin Teal)

Teal's bio describes him as "A real life, shirt and tie, 'middle manager' that applied what he learned in business to getting fit."

In the interest of full disclosure, his feed does link to a Web site where Teal advertises a DVD series and other weight-loss items. But he also offers tips and encouragement on the feed, plus links to articles on losing weight and building muscle that don't require shelling out any cash.

Followers: About 52,000

Sample tweet: [ Tip ] Put unhealthy snacks at the back of the cupboard or fridge. Put them in plain dark containers. Or just get rid of them.

@ramseyshow (Financial talker Dave Ramsey)

Maybe your resolution is to get your money right -- get out of debt, save more or just stop spending on stupid things.

If so, you've got a kindred spirit in Ramsey, the syndicated talk-show host who shells out homespun advice on saving and getting out of debt. Lots of the posts here come from Ramsey's producers, with links to Ramsey's posts on the show's Web site and retweets from fans who have used his advice to get out of debt.

Followers: About 31,000

Sample tweet: Blake: Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~Dave Ramsey

@theWeightSaint (Richard Simmons)

Whether you're actually after some weight-loss inspiration or just want to be entertained by the flamboyant, short-panted "Sweatin' to the Oldies" icon, here's a fun feed to follow.

This isn't a celebrity account "verified" by Twitter. But the posts are often the same as updates on the official Richard Simmons Facebook page that has more than 2 million fans. (Besides, it promotes his upcoming appearances on QVC, and we're assuming nobody would be interested in faking that.)

This feed has plenty of the enthusiastic weight-loss advice Simmons is known for. There is not, however, any mention we can see of the Deal-A-Meal.

Followers: More than 3,100

Sample tweet: I wish you a happy and healthy week on this Monday! But I also wish you...a sweaty week. That's right!