I Hate New Year's Resolutions!

Permit me to grumble for a second. Actually, I’d forgotten about this particular gripe until I read this article in The Oregonian. Laura Oppenheimer talks about the all newbies that hit the gyms as part of their “New Year’s resolution.” Take a look:
For newcomers, January could make or break a resolution to get fit in 2008. But for gym rats, this is the worst time of year: The invasion of the "Resolution People."


"I have some members that actually stop coming to class in January because it's crowded," says Danielle Ford, fitness manager at Cascade Athletic Club in Gresham. "They hate it."

Gyms add more new members in January than any other month, says the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association.

Cascade Athletic Club, for example, expects to sell 150 memberships at its Gresham location, up from 75 to 100 in a typical month. Plus, regulars spend more time at the gym now that the holidays are over and, for some, the numbers on the scale have inched up.

At Giants Gym in Portland, owner George Kidd says he counts on happy members to advertise for him. So he needs to combat conventional wisdom about New Year recruits: "They come into the gym, they spend all this money and then they fail." Studies show more than half of new exercisers quit within six months.
Honestly, I’m happy for people that want to change their life and use the New Year as a starting point, but the people that don’t stick with it and hog all the good machines, talk on their cell-phones, and simply meander, really do get on my nerves—know what I mean?
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amyt - January 18, 2008 11:27 AM

I totally agree that the larger crowds at the gyms can be annoying! I think the resolutionists especially; because like you say, they don't seem to be taking the workout very seriously. I wrote some thoughts of my own about resolutions on my workout blog (which you should get to if you click my username on this comment?).

Basically, I think new-years resolutions attract those that aren't really commited, or outright quitters to begin with, and give them an accepted "excuse" to fail at improving themselves.

Gerry Pugliese - January 18, 2008 12:04 PM

Hey AmyT-

I think the "new year's resolution" crowd represents a micro-sample of why people in this country fail to get healthy.

Dr. Kelso from Scrubs once said, "Nothing in this world that's worth having comes easy." So basically, you can't quit or flake!

Thanks for the comment, and yeah, your link is up.

Peace.
-Gerry

Teresa - January 18, 2008 11:47 PM

My husband and I have named them "Resoluters" and they are a pain. I know it will all even out in a month or so, but for now I find myself avoiding the gym all together and is too dang cold here in Illinois to go outside, so my fitness is suffering. Doesn't that sound like a legit excuse??? Hmm,maybe not!

Sara - January 19, 2008 9:57 PM

They fill up the parking lot, if you want to spin you need to get in line as soon as the tickets come out. Oh and I couldn't get into body flow {yoga-pilates} not enough room to squeese in a mat. You think the resolutioners wil be gone by the end of the month? I still got in two spin classes today.

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