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Getting In Shape A New Year's Resolution For Many

Reported: Jan. 1, 2014 6:02 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 1, 2014 10:44 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox) -- If your New Years resolution is to lose weight or get in shape, you're not alone. It tops the list every year.

Many people in the Tri-State got a head start on fitness goals at Ritter Park Wednesday - walking, running and taking in the sunshine.

Donald Hodge walks his dog, Gizmo, there almost every day.

"We've both got a little big of arthritis, so it kind of helps free your joints up a little big to get over here and walking around," Hodge SAID.

Gym memberships typically increase this time of year. Crossfit Thunder has seen steady growth in the past five years in Huntington. They had a huge turnout for the first workout of 2014.

"Everyone has a pickup in attendance, and new clients, and maybe old clients who have fell off the wagon are maybe coming back," owner Jeremy Mullins said.

He said they can offer group personal training and personalized nutrition plans to clients.

Maybe you want to try out a more holistic approach. Studio 8 in Huntington offers yoga, Pilates, even nutrition, massage and life-coaching classes.

"We have not only beginner classes, but in every class we offer different options from beginner to advance practioners of the art," instructor Bill Price said.

They're hosting a 21-day cleanse this month to get your mind, body and spirit on track.
More about the cleanse can be found on their Facebook page.

Slow and steady may be your best route to success in the new year.

"It's not about putting in a bunch of effort for two weeks, and then not doing anything for four, and then trying to repeat that cycle," Mullins said. "So what we try to do is harvest that motivation that they have at the first of the year, and make it very consistent."

If you find yourself slacking off, don't give up.

"Certainly we're all going to stick to our goals, but yoga teaches us not to judge ourselves, not to beat ourselves up over that, but just to bring ourselves back into focus by paying attention to our actions and how interacts with everything else that we do during the day," Price said.



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