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Published January 01, 2010, 09:55 PM

Gyms Busy With New Year's Resolutions

It's a popular question that usually is answered with anything from quitting smoking to losing weight.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

It's a popular question that usually is answered with anything from quitting smoking to losing weight.

This year was no exception as gyms in the area say they always see an increase this time of year.

Wes Jacobson/Center Court Fitness Club: "Right off the bat we opened at noon, and there was quite a large volume of people coming in."

It's that time of year again when people reevaluate their lives and try to make positive changes. One of those changes usually involves getting in shape.

Cassandra Dahl/Working Out: "In general be healthier make smarter choices about eating and getting to the gym everyday or at least some physical activity."

And this year is no different, people step on the scale, realize the weight has crept on them and decided new years is the perfect time to start.

Cassandra Dahl: "All my friends are pretty fit, I'm actually the one behind so I gotta catch up."

With gyms offering specials this time of year, it's a good opportunity to get a membership. People working at gyms even say the new year gets them motivated to take advantage of the benefits of working at a gym.

Wes Jacobson: "I'll be back working out, it's kind of a luxury working here with the free memberships and stuff."

Wes Jacobson at Center Court Fitness Club says not only does the new year bring in more people, but cold places such as North Dakota see increases during winter months with outdoor activity limited.

Cassandra Dahl: "It's harder to get up in the morning if you have to get up before work to go work out, you do not want to leave your warm bed so that makes a huge difference and can't run outside."

Even with good intentions, it's not uncommon for a resolution to fail. The main culprit; setting sights to high.

Cassandra Dahl: "I don't wanna make a goal that seems unreachable just a little bit each day and keep going."

People working out today say it takes a lot of commitment and determination to succeed with a New Year's resolution.

Minor set backs have been known to throw people off resolutions completely but experts say the key is to prepare for setbacks, and keep track of your progress.