Another year has ended and a new one has just begun. That means it’s time to make new year’s resolutions again.
Every year, many Americans vow to get in better shape. There are two local facilities that help people reach their fitness goals.
Lincoln Trail College’s new Crawford County Recreation Center will launch a schedule of fitness classes perfect for those looking to slim down and get in shape in 2024.
Classes available to all members include aquabics, relaxing yoga and introduction to Zumba, said executive director Dan MacDonald. For an additional fee, members can also sign up for strength training courses, fitness flow yoga, and cycle and strength. All are offered several times Monday through Friday.Some are available as early as 5:15 a.m., while others are scheduled as late as 7 p.m.
Starting Jan. 2, the rec center will be open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The phone number is 618-546-2272, but those who wish to participate during the first few weeks of operation are asked to come to the center’s central desk and register.
Meanwhile, Ryan Klein, owner of Ella’s Gym in Gordon Junction, said his facility offers “yoga nights” on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As an added incentive, every time a member uses their keychain at the gym, they will be entered into a drawing to win cash prizes.
Ella’s is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 812-890-6685.
According to a 2020 Time Magazine article, New Year’s resolutions are thought to date back to ancient Babylonia, but it wasn’t until the late 20th century that Americans began to make resolutions a reality.
After World War II, industrialization changed the nature of labor and food production. More Americans took office jobs and did less manual labor. I started spending more of my free time in front of the TV.
The impact could not be ignored. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in response to a report showing that 57.9 percent of American children fail one or more of six physical fitness tests, compared to about 8 percent of European children, Created the President’s Council on Youth Fitness in .
Many adults have also jumped on the fitness bandwagon and continue to do so, at least in times of resolution. Klein said several new members sign up each January.
Of course, many Americans abandon their resolutions by June. Those who seriously want to stick to their fitness goals can do so by following a few simple tips.
You need to set specific and reasonable goals and write them down. You need to have a consistent schedule and keep in mind that results won’t come overnight.