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Lakeland hikers get early start to fitness resolutions

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Some people didn't waste any time getting right to their New Year's resolutions. More than 40 parks across Florida hosted hikes Wednesday to encourage exercise and year-round recreation.

Dozens of people packed their raincoats, umbrellas, and motivation and headed to the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland.

"And what a wonderful place to start a new year,' said Polk County Commissioner George Lindsey.

USA Today Travel named the 1,267-acre park on the shore of Lake Hancock the best place to watch wildlife in Florida in 2011. Lindsey says there are no excuses not to exercise here on the hiking and biking trails.

"Free admission. You can't beat the price," he explained.

Janet Gardner, of Winter Haven, hopes getting an early start will help keep her resolutions on track.

"I'm already exercising. I'm just trying to step it up a bit," she said as she walked along the trail and watching a flock of white pelicans.

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