If you want big improvements -- in your fitness level, eating habits or other area -- you may feel you have to take drastic action. However, quite the opposite may be true.

Many experts believe that the best way to ensure lasting improvement is to take on one small behavior change at a time. The idea is to commit to reasonable tasks -- not ambitious ones -- and develop positive habits over time.

So, take your time, but stick to your plan. In the long run, it's your life you want to improve -- and that lasts longer than beach season!