If your New Year's resolution is to lose weight and get in shape...you're in good company. Surveys show it tops the list of popular resolutions for 2013. That's no surprise to fitness instructor Bill Peeke,"More members join and come to check it out.Our challenge as instructors is to keep that motivation going throughout the year."
At the Clearwater Family Fitness Center, new memberships typically increase by 40% in the month of January. But not everyone sticks to the program for the long haul. According to a Scranton University study on New Year Resolutions, 71% of people stick with it past two weeks, 64% hang in there for two months...and 45% make it past the 6 month mark.
Anna Maria Menna is a club member who decided to spend her New Year's Day morning working out. She's been exercising for 16 years and believes the key to success is to find the right regimen. "Something that you enjoy and that you would stick to. If you like yoga, do yoga. if you like pilates do pilates. If you need friends to help motivate you try doing a class," said Menna.
Experts say it's important to set realistic goals. Many people fail because they try to do too much at first and become discouraged. "We really emphasize to take it slow initially, especially if you haven't worked out a lot before. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. We even say, for a class situation, take half the class at first," said Peeke.
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