Gym Memberships Spike this Time of Year but Tend to Taper Off


Gyms are finding themselves full this time of the year as many make health and fitness their New Year's resolution.

But keeping on track can be difficult and it's the month or two after the start of a new year when things starts to taper off at local gyms.

"I like to eat. So because I like to eat, I workout," said X-ray tech David Griffith on one of the many reasons he stays motivated to work out regularly.

But for many, especially those new to the gym, the lifestyle change can be a challenge.

"The first two weeks are tough for anyone. If you can get through the first two weeks you've accomplished one goal and then always, I feel, about sixty to ninety days, if you can make this a habit for sixty to ninety days you're going to be here all year. But those would be the first two times I see people leave, would be after two weeks and after two to three months," said Kearney YMCA fitness and wellness coordinator Hallie Ganz.

Ganz says the motivation to stay on the workout wagon should come not only from external things, but internal as well.

"To continue to exercise, to continue to eat right, really anything in life to continue to do is internally motivated," she said. "So you need to take that external motivation, whether it's to lose weight or to look good for a reunion or to do something and make that an internal motivation."

Social fears and not knowing the facility can also be a problem for people hoping to achieve their fitness goals.

New equipment can be intimidating for many beginners, but simply asking an employee can help alleviate that stress. "The fitness center is staffed anytime the fitness center is open. So there will be someone there to kind of walk you through every single machine. Every single question you have, someone should be able to answer it," Ganz said.

For those still needing an extra push, there are tools like classes to keep individuals accountable or having a work out buddy can also help.