More People Hitting the Gym

January 8, 2006 -- Posted at 6:30 p.m. CST


JONEBORO, AR -- Like clockwork every January we all make New Years resolutions.  The number one resolution -- to lose weight.


Bob Williams with the YMCA said, “January's a big month for people to begin anew… a healthy lifestyle.”


Unfortunately most people don’t stick with their resolution.  Each year seventy percent of those who join a gym will drop out for a variety of reasons... but the number one reason?


“Some people don’t see the results they want in as soon of time as they want,” said Williams.


The staff at the NEA Clinic Wellness Center at the Athletic Club want to change the way people look at exercise.  “Most people just have unrealistic expectations on what to expect from starting an exercise program,” said Steven Bowen, Director of Wellness at the NEA Clinic Wellness Center.


Dr. Richard Covert, Chief of Occupational Medicine at the NEA Clinic Wellness Center said, “Studies have shown that it takes about three months to create a habit so what we're trying to do is change lifestyles.”

If a lifestyle change is what you're looking for you can find it at any gym, but the problem is finding a change that you can stick to.


“For every one hundred people who join about seventy of them are going to quit within the first 6-8 weeks,” said Bowen.


Steven Bowen says their statistics are better than the national ones... they try to break about 40 percent.


Many people have the desire to get in better shape but aren't willing to do the work it takes to get there that's where friends or buddies can come in handy.


Greg Smith said, “Usually they start going off as groups and then they start slacking off because it's a lot harder than they think to really be dedicated in the gym.”