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New Year's approaches, and resolutions break out

Sunday, December 30, 2012

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SHELLEY GANN'S goal: Start exercising at a gym.
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New Year's Day is often a time for people to make resolutions to do something, well, new, while others say they are too busy to make plans.Shelley Gann, a waitress at Huddle House in Shelbyville, said she has made a resolution for 2013.

"I'm going to be rich next year," she joked.

Turning more serious, Gann said she plans to start exercising at a gym to improve her health, with an emphasis on using the treadmill. Gann was working out last year but got too busy with her son's football games.

Penny Hayes Spence, of Unionville, also says she plans to lose weight, or at least, live healthier in 2013. Last year she resolved to stop smoking, and she has not lit up in nearly a year.

Gann and Spence are not alone. Gym managers say many people resolve at New Year's to exercise, and their membership rolls swell as new patrons start sweating their way to fitness and, hopefully, losing weight.

Losing weight is the No. 1 New Year's resolution, while staying fit and healthy is the fifth most common goal, according to Statistic Brain, a statisticians' website. Approximately 45 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions, the group reports on its website at www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolut....

Olympus Athletic Club typically sees an increase in business of more than 50 percent between January to March, general manager Morgan Tibbs said. New enrollees in January and February are typically trying to lose weight that was gained during the holidays, while people working out in March often are getting ready for spring break, she said. After March, attendance drops off because people get busy with other activities.

"Summer hits, school starts back, and then it's Thanksgiving again," Tibbs said.

Olympus will soon be announcing New Year's specials, Tibbs said.

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DENNIS CHAMBERS plans to cut down on work a little.
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The Shelbyville Recreation Center is also hoping to draw in some of those resolving to get in shape, said Sylvia Pinson, director of the City of Shelbyville Department of Parks & Recreation. The recreation center will offer 25 percent off its full-access membership rates all through January.

The recreation center staff normally sees an increase of about 20 percent in those attending group fitness classes in January and February, said aquatics director Pam Henry. However, the center's staff are interested in promoting healthy lifestyles throughout the year, she said.

"We try to encourage not just the big New Year resolution but small changes which are easy to maintain," Henry said.

For example, Henry said she encourages people to park at the end of the center's parking lot and walk further instead of taking a space close to the entrance. Pinson said she urges people to walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator.

MG Sports & Fitness also will see more traffic from January to March, owner Matt Griffy said. Many customers, unfortunately, will stop working out after two to three months. Griffy said that is why he encourages his customers to make lifestyle changes, especially in nutrition. He asks clients to name their goals, and he likes to create custom meal plans based on a grocery shopping list. He does not like the term "diet," which scares people and denotes a temporary change versus a permanent lifestyle change.

"It's based on what you do outside of here, your food choices, that changes your body," Griffy said. "If you don't have a goal, then what are you doing, why are you doing it?"

But not all New Year's resolutions are related to fitness.

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JASON HILL says he's been too busy to make any resolutions.
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Jason Hill, who was dining with his family at Huddle House Thursday morning, said he has been too busy to make a resolution. Hill, who is in the Army, just returned from Afghanistan in October, his eleventh deployment, and will return to his base soon at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Dennis Chambers said he is resolving to not work as hard as he has in the past. Chambers, who works in construction, said he plans to work more in his shop and to not be tied down.

Chris Simpson, owner of Pope's Cafe, said he plans to make smarter decisions in 2013.

"I'll hopefully get a little more enlightened," he joked.