According to the latest national Marist Poll, a survey was taken on adults who are likely to make a New Year's resolution for 2014. Within the top five resolutions, three of those include exercising more, losing weight and improving health. Three local businesses want to help those looking to change not only their outward appearance, but wanting to change their mental, physical and emotional well-being as well.
Wendy Copeland, assistant manager at Fitness Factory, said her gym typically sees an increase in memberships around this time of year due to people making New Year’s resolutions.
“It’s good for your health. It’s good for you to exercise,” Copeland said. “We’ve been getting prepared for New Year’s resolutions to start.”
In Fitness Factory on Friday afternoon, John Chunn was busy exercising on one of the treadmills. Chunn has lost 35 pounds in two months by using Weight Watchers and working out in the gym regularly.
“I couldn’t do one without the other. You can’t just eat right without working out. It’s not going to do any good,” Chunn said. “I have a 7-year-old son who’s autistic, and I want to live long enough to see him graduate.”
A little farther west down Hwy. 118 in Jasper, Solid Image Fitness also is preparing for newcomers.
Owners Stacy and Melonie Seals say the start to a new year is a great time for people to put their priorities in order as far as health and weight are concerned.
“First off, their health is the No. 1 thing. Eating better and exercising is just going to increase their health. Getting active is going to help them lose weight,” Melonie Seals said. “We’ve seen people that have come in and started exercising three days a week, and they’ve been able to come off blood pressure medicine, their overall stress level goes down, they’re not getting as sick as they used to, and of course, we all should eat better.”
Unfortunately, the downside to resolutions is that once they’re started, a majority of people don’t always follow through with their intentions. Reasons for that may vary, but usually it’s due to one getting relaxed in their routines.
“I’ve been doing this for 22 years now, and every year that’s the case. We wish it wasn’t, but usually about that three-month period the majority of them have dwindled off,” Seals said. “We try to stay in contact with our people, try and keep them coming in, touching base with them. Sometimes that’s hard to do, but we do make an effort to and keep up with them and try to encourage them to keep coming in.”
Another reason why people tend to tire easily from hitting the gym is because they don’t “pace themselves properly.” Tommye Pruett, owner of Healthy Weight Management, has worked in the health industry for 20 years. Her business consists of one-on-one counseling that fits to each individual’s personal lifestyle.
“Sometimes people try it on their own the first couple of weeks then realize they need support. Most people use this time of year as their resolution because it gives a fresh start, and they can get off the pounds by spring or summer, just in time for bathing suit season,” Pruett said. “Exercise is an important part of maintaining and keeping healthy. ... Don’t just plunge into crazy exercise routines, but start off slow and gradually increase every couple of weeks or so.”
Pruett and Seals both spoke of specials that will be running soon at their respective places of business. Solid Image Fitness has a New Year’s special offering zero enrollment fees during the month of January. Seals also said her gym will start a “Lose It” (weight loss) program that involves a nutrition and exercise plan that will fit in anyone’s lifestyle priced at $59.95 a month.
At Healthy Weight Management, Pruett said she will be running various specials during the first part of the new year, adding that each week may vary. Currently, she is offering $75 off any program fee.
Copeland said even though Fitness Factory isn’t currently offering any specials, one can purchase a key for $10 and have 24-hour access to their facility.
In the words of Mother Teresa, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”