LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The new year comes with resolutions for lots of people, especially getting fit.
The first day of the year is almost always a race to get to the gym.
“Get off your butt,” Juan Chavolla said during his Monday workout. “Come here, and do it.”
Juan Chavolla is no stranger to the YMCA. For the past two months, he’s been working out 5 to 6 times a week.
“I do cardio every day,” he said.
He will soon have more company during his workout sessions. The new year brings new customers to the YMCA.
“Working out makes you happier,” Lori Duckett, YMCA senior healthy living director said. “It makes you healthier. You lose weight. You look better, so you feel better.”
Through January 31, the YMCA is making it easier for people to reach their fitness goals by waiving their joining fee.
“We have water aerobics, Zumba, and cycling,” Duckett said. “We have a trampoline class at one YMCA, which is fun. If you’re not wanting a group setting, we have one on one training.”
Between all of the Louisville locations, there are 100 group fitness classes offered. The YMCA also has a community option so members can visit multiple locations.
While the new members don’t always last, Chavolla says there’s no need to be nervous about going to a gym.
“Just get up and get in that routine,” Chavolla said. “If you get in the routine it starts to feel better and then you stick with it.”
He’s encouraging his buddies to pick up this habit, but others are putting one down. Many people set goals to quit smoking and sober up in 2024.
“Make it something that’s doable,” Dr. Monalisa Tailor with Norton Healthcare said. “Make it something that’s sustainable.”
Dr. Tailor said drinking and smoking are ways of coping with stress for many people. She said the best way of sticking with a resolution is finding ways to help your mental health.
“Part of that is going to lead back to some of these healthier activities,” Dr. Tailor said. “Maybe it’s finding an exercise that you enjoy as a way to help yourself destress.”
She also suggests taking baby steps to quit smoking.
“Maybe cut down on the number of cigarettes you smoke in a day,” she said. “Is the solution a patch? Is it a nicotine lozenge? Is it some medicine to help you cut down on that craving?”
Both Tailor and Duckett said it’s important to stay away from an ‘all or nothing’ mentality when making resolutions. It takes time to reach goals, and relapse is part of recovery. If you mess up, just keep trying.
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