New year means health, fitness for many Crossroads residents (Video)
Jan. 2, 2013 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:02 p.m.
Toni Parkman's face flushed red as she powered through a set of squats, the music blaring around her and trainer Rene Ramirez shouting encouragement.
"You've gotta start somewhere to get somewhere," called Ramirez, with Pure Fitness and Tanning. "Do it again."
Parkman works out regularly, but began 2013 with plans to lose inches and improve her health. And she isn't alone.
Crossroads fitness pros say the new year means many people heading to the gym.
Membership began picking up in late December at women's-only gym Superbody Works, said Stephanie Hamilton, the gym's group exercise coordinator. She said the staff expected every class to be packed at the year's start.
Hamilton said accountability is a helpful exercise motivator.
Superbody Works members take part in personalized instruction programs and check in periodically for weigh-ins and measurements, she said. Working out with friends or taking part in group classes where one can make friends also makes a difference.
Hamilton also encouraged people to alter their regimes to avoid becoming too accustomed to a workout.
"A lot of people don't realize that your body learns really fast and adapts very quickly," she said. "You have to change it up."
Sierra Moseley works at the front desk and daycare for Fit For Life, a Bay City gym. For her company, she said, prepping for the first-of-the-year onslaught comes down to staffing.
She said the gym has more people at work, prepared to sign people up and help however necessary.
As for sticking to resolutions, Moseley suggested others do what she does.
She remains active, she said, spending most of her time out and about. A small notebook where she tracks information such as what she eats, her weight and the day's exercises, also helps.
"It isn't easy," she said of the journey to getting - and staying - fit. "There are some days you don't want to go work out, but if you want to reach your goal you have to keep it up."
Ramirez agreed that staying committed was important. Still, he cautioned, everyone exercises at his or her own pace.
People who have never worked out before, for instance, should probably start small. Otherwise, they risk overdoing it and putting stress on the body.
"Take it slow and be patient," Ramirez said. "Don't be discouraged if you don't see results right away."
Danna Garland owns Yoga Chicks in Victoria and advised people to look for exercise regimes they will enjoy, rather than simply those that will bring results.
She also suggested scheduling workouts on the calendar and programming reminders on cellphones, much as people do with doctor appointments.
"The only way to stay on track is to be on a routine," Garland said. "We are all worth one hour a day, but you won't get it if you don't schedule it."
Adding a bit of variety and trying something new can also help.
"Try something that catches your interest and makes you want to go to class," said Garland, who added two additional classes to meet with the New Year's demand. "If you tried running or walking last year and it didn't work, what makes you think it'll work this year?"