Despite resolutions, most won’t make working out a habit long term, expert says

Published 5:25 pm Sunday, December 31, 2017

By Gabrielle Terrett

The Vicksburg Post
Many residents participate in the practice of making New Year’s resolutions. These can include a promise to quit smoking, save more money or even just to spend more time with family.

However, one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get healthy and lose weight.

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Every day is a great day to get in shape. The New Year seems to give many people the extra motivation to do so.

“People basically get into the gym around New Year’s because they make New Year’s resolutions,” Kim Pace, owner of Fitness Works, said. “One of many people’s New Year’s resolutions is to get healthy and to be fit.”

To help with the that effort, Fitness Works, along with other gyms and fitness facilities in Vicksburg, is offering specials on gym memberships to assist people in achieving personal health goals for 2018.

Fitness Works is offering a membership special in the former of buy a six month gym membership and receive one month free.

However, if the commitment is too much, the gym is also offering a one-time gym membership special of buy one month and get another month free.

The beginning of the New Year is one of the busiest times of the year for gyms. In fact, 12 percent of gym users sign up for memberships during January.

Though the rate of individuals who sign up for gym memberships is higher in January, many have a difficult time sticking with the regimen and simply stop going to the gym.

“Most of them do quit,” Pace said.

“They just don’t get into the routine. They don’t stick with it.”

However, gym directors like Pace say consistency is the key to successful physical fitness.

“It is important to keep going to the gym to keep you healthy,” Pace said.

“As you get older, your bones and muscles get brittle but if you’re already in the routine it’s easier to keep going as you get older. So you live longer and your bones don’t break as easy. It also gives you a piece of mind.”