New Year's Resolution: Hit The Gym

Jan 2, 2012 7:29 PM

" It's new years resolution time, everyone wants to get in here and start working out", said Chico In Motion Fitness General Manager Chris Conway. New year's resolutions are easy to make, and they can be even easier to break. But that doesn't stop wishful thinkers from hitting the gym every January, hoping to beat the odds and start the new year off right. " The ebs and flows, it'll be packed for about a month, and then it kind of mellows out, people kind of slack off", said Chico Resident Joy Amaro.
It's a full house at In Motion Fitness in Chico, as eager new year's revellers full of ambition add working out to their new regime for 2012. It's a common promise many make as the clock strikes midnight and welcomes in a new year. Finding a treadmill is tough right now, but the question is, how many will still be going strong in a couple of months?
According to, nearly 45-percent of Americans vow to make a change in the new year. But after just six months less than half of the pledges pan out. " Unfortunately the resolutions kind of tapper off and in March and April we start to see a little bit less people", sain Conway.
But there are those who have beat the odds. People like Erynn Patania, and Joy Amaro. Both agree, setting work out goals for yourself that you can meet is the first step to holding true to your resolutions. "I like to start off in increments of four weeks, and that helps me stick to it", said Chico Resident Erynn Patania. Amaro adds, " Just start small, it makes a huge difference, just jump on the treadmill for 20 and just gradually increase".
Having too many resolutions can also keep you from achieving your goal. Studies show focusing on just one will result in greater success. " Don't worry about what everybody else is doing, just focus on yourself and what you're trying to do", said fitness director Tony Longueira.
Some of the other top resolutions include getting out of debt, to quit smoking, learning something new, and finding a new job.


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