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Sinclair Cares: Couples who work out together keep resolution’s longer

Gym owners say they see people join gyms in January and disappear by March, but when families join together, the memberships are renewed year after year.

Gym owners say they see people join gyms in January and disappear by March, but when families join together, the memberships are renewed year after year.

It's a new year, and that means many people have their sights set on getting healthy and in shape for 2018, but the truth is, statistics show only 30 percent of people follow through with their fitness resolution during a 12-month period.

Pushing yourself to start a workout program and stick with it can seem overwhelming for a lot of Americans.

Connie Wilkerson, a member of Fit Factory, says the key for her was making it not a personal priority but a family one.

“My husband and I had different things that we did but nothing together, and this was something that we could come and do together, and then my son comes now and my husband’s aunt has actually joined us as well,” Wilkerson said.

At least 4 days a week, you can find three generations of the Wilkerson family working out together.

“I probably wouldn't have kept coming if it hadn't been for the two of us doing it together,” she said.

“We're living proof of that and once you start seeing results, you feel better, and it gets fun and you have something to talk about at home,” Connie’s husband George Wilkerson said.

Gym owner and personal trainer Jeff Lawrence says every year he see's people join his gym in January and disappear by March, but when families join together, he says the memberships are renewed year after year.

Connie started her fitness journey in 2015.

“She's taught them how to eat, she got them involved in coming to the gym and once you see some results it makes you want to do more and so they've all seen results, and it's kept them motivated,” Lawrence said.

“When everybody's on the same kind of diet plan, then it works, so yeah I'd encourage people to really start thinking about doing it together,” said Connie’s aunt, Linda Jones.

The Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University surveyed married couples who joined health clubs together and found that couples who worked out separately had a 43 percent dropout rate over the course of a year. Those who went to the gym together, had only a 6.3 percent dropout rate

Many health and fitness clubs offer family discounts as promotions for the new year.

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