CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Many people want to start the year off on the right foot. For many people, that first step is going to the gym and focusing on their physical health.
Gyms in the Charlotte area are packed to start the new year, as many people see January 1 as an opportunity to set new goals.
We’ve all heard or used the phrase “new year, new me.” Erin Derrick, a trainer at Hive Fitness, agrees that foot traffic has increased over the years.
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“I definitely think the new year will be around April,” Derrick said. “Everyone takes a few weeks off to unwind from the excesses of life, and then summer rolls around and everyone is getting ready to go.”
There is definitely a demand for it in gyms. According to a Forbes Health survey, 48% of people say improving their fitness is their top priority in 2024.
christina bellamy Keith Family YMCA Executive Director says his top priority is to help members get the most out of their experience.
“We look at people as individuals, we take them seriously in what they set for themselves, and we help them achieve their goals,” she said.
With so many people wanting to take better care of their health, it can be difficult to start making New Year’s resolutions. For some people, just maintaining consistent fitness is difficult.
“That’s the goal: to be consistent, to give yourself grace when you need it, and to continue that consistent habit,” Meghan said.
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The real challenge is not to let go of these resolutions. According to a study by Forbes Health, the average resolution lasts less than four months, but only 22% of people keep their resolutions for more than two months.
That’s why many gyms strive to help their members achieve their long-term goals.
“We’re known as a judgment-free zone,” says Rafael Paz, a personal trainer at Planet Fitness. “This is a non-intimidating fitness environment that anyone can achieve, regardless of their fitness level.”
Robert Price understands firsthand the hurdles of keeping New Year’s resolutions. What is his biggest tip for people improving their health? Take your time and relax.
“Understand that it’s not all about the physical,” he said. “If you’re looking for spiritual relief, this is the place to be.”
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