People flock to gyms following new year's resolutions

WICHITA FALLS - New year, new muscle. That's the goal for some as we kick start the new year. That also means local fitness centers are overrun with another round of the new year's resolutions crowd, but gyms aren't the only places seeing foot traffic jump. A local vitamin & supplements store is also seeing an uptick in people wanting to improve their health.

Whether the goal is to drop a few pounds or to have more energy. Many are thinking of ways to live healthier in 2018.

“It's that time of year,” said Manager of Total Nutrition Rockne Belmonte. “A lot of people make their new year's resolutions and we are one of the places people come by. So, it's good to see people come by and hopefully, we can keep them, going in the right direction throughout the year.”

And proper nutrition is a key building block for a healthier you.

“The main thing we help people with is a free diet or meal consultation and that leads to protein. We also have different weight loss kits,” Belmonte said.         

And from eating better to working out, folks over at the YMCA Bill Bartley Family branch are seeing their fair share of people looking to reach their fitness goals.

“Today alone I've seen like seven and I have only been here about an hour, hour and a half,” said James Duke, who works at the front desk. “Normally it's the same usual people coming in around my time. So, I get their keys, get their towels. I am having to ask a lot more questions than I normally do. It's like I don't know you, how you are doing?”

The increase in new members for the YMCA actually started before the holiday season, but they expect the membership numbers to continue to increase.

“Traffic really increases,” said Jim Heiman, the branch director for the Bill Bartley Branch and project manager. “Our members that have been members for years and years this is their busy month. The cold weather drives people in and the new year's resolution people. For December we had a huge turnout, probably a couple hundred. Now we have a special in January as well. Really open the doors for the entire community. So, we will sell another couple hundred memberships probably in January. So, December and January are huge.”

But as it is every year, not everyone is able to stay on track with their resolutions.

“Usually within the first four to six weeks things start tapering off,” Heiman said.

“We have a pretty good first two-thirds of the year. We get new year's resolutions then it kind of picks up again getting ready for summer. And then right before fall is out last push,” Belmonte said.

Heiman said it takes about six weeks to form a habit so if those going to the gym make it that far, their new year's goals might just survive the entire year. Some of the gyms offer specials to start the new year. Go here for more information on some of the gyms in the area.


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