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Resolutions for 2018 bring more to the gym

A popular New Year's resolution for many people is getting in shape. Gyms are seeing an increase in memberships.

A popular New Year's resolution for many people is getting in shape. Gyms are seeing an increase in memberships.

Whether it's running, walking or lifting weights, exercise is a common focus in January.

According to Joe Slavik, director of the Howard Long Wellness Center of Wheeling Hospital, they see between a 10 and 15 percent increase in gym memberships once the new year begins.

Staff is prepared for the jump, and have programs ready for experienced and inexperienced members.

"We start them out in a beginner's exercise program if they've not been doing anything, or try to advance their workout if they've been doing some stuff on their own if they want to take it a little further, either with strength development, flexibility or their cardiovascular workouts,” Slavik said.

Slavik said it's common for membership to go down after the spike during the first few months of the year. He hopes to see everyone stay committed so that they see results.

"The goal is to get those people to continue after January and February, into March, April and May,” Slavik said. “That's where you start to look at how these folks are meeting these goals, to fit it into their routine. It's got to fit into your lifestyle, or you won't be able to be compliant to the routine."

Slavik recommended choosing a fitness program that works best for you, so that you can keep up the resolution all year long.

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