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New Year's Resolutions: Getting Back on Track

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It's time for round two of New Year's resolutions. If you gave up on your promise to yourself, now is the time a lot of people start giving it another shot.

We checked back in with a local gym to see how many folks quit early, and how some are now trying to get back on track. 

It's the top New Year's resolution every year: lose weight or get in shape. Gym workers at the Savannah YMCA on Habersham say if people are going to drop off, they typically do so within the first three months. As we round out March, DeDe Roberts says it's been a great few months at the YMCA.

"I would say from January, the members that joined and then now, usually, typically about three percent might fall out."

Roberts attributes a lot of their success to their many programs to help keep people motivated.

"Programs consist of Livestrong at the YMCA, which is a cancer survivor program that's free for 12 weeks."

Pickleball is one of their newest and most popular activities for 2017.

"In January, we had about 100 people coming through the door in the month, and in March, we're going to see over 200 people."

Warren Upson heads the Pickleball program. He says players have so much fun, they sometimes forget they're also getting in a great workout.

"It's just a lot of fun and a lot of exercise," Upson said. "When they leave here, most of them are tired," he laughed. 

If you have not kept your workout resolution, Roberts suggests you rethink your goals, but don't set the bar too high.

"It's baby steps. 'In two weeks, this is what I want to accomplish and what I want to do.' It really helps you get there and you feel good about yourself."

She says if you gave up, now is a popular time to return. 

"They fall out because they feel like, 'Oh gosh, I'm not doing this.'  But then a couple months later, they're like, 'Okay, I'm going to try this again,' and they end up coming back."

Roberts says if you've kept your New Year's resolution, keep plugging away, chances are very strong you'll continue for the rest of the year.

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