Keeping those New Year’s fitness resolutions

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV
Keeping those New Year's fitness resolutions

Most days you can find Ron Koob at the Kingston YMCA.
This time a year he sees plenty of newcomers kicking off a new fitness routine.

Ron Kobb-YMCA Member
“There’s always new people and that’s good. You got to start somewhere and sometime.”

The start of a New Year brings an influx of people to gyms, but not everyone stays.
Experts say it takes 30 full days to develop a new routine.

Clip- Morgan Davis/ Kingston YMCA
“New members need to find a place that they fit. Whether that’s in the morning on the treadmills and lifting weights, or whether it’s a morning yoga class or evening group fitness class.”

Jonna Semple:
“Membership increases about 20 percent at the beginning of every year here at the Y.M.C.A. But how do you stay motivated to keep coming week after week? The experts have some tips.”

Angela Kimmett/ Fitness Trainer:
“I think the only danger of a New Year’s Resolution is being too vague. ‘I want to feel better’ is really vague. What are your goals and make them as specific as possible and make them specific to your lifestyle.”

In addition to setting short-term, specific goals, the YMCA manager says finding physical activity that you enjoy –perhaps one that you can do with your partner, family or friends — is more likely to keep you accountable when motivation is harder to find after the first few weeks.

Angela Kimmett, Manager, Y.M.C.A Kingston
“Someone that will make you show up that you know is waiting at the ‘Y’ for you.”

For some– group exercise and fitness classes are the perfect entry point into an active lifestyle.

Clip-Angela Kimmett
“Timed events, things that start at a certain time. So that you know you need to be there at 9 o’clock and it’s going to be 45 minutes.”

Dianne Young says she enjoys the social aspect of group exercise and it keeps her striving and motivated to do more each time.

Dianne Young, YMCA Member:
“If you can get out and do some physical activity so it. It also makes me feel a lot better and I sleep a lot better.”

Young is not a big believer in resolutions, but says if they can motivate someone to better themselves, then use whatever motivation works.
Jonna Semple, CKWS News Kingston

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