Amid the clanging of metal and loud music, Jerry Ortiz — the co-owner of Patterson Health and Fitness, near the corner of El Circulo Avenue and North Third Street — said he sees an increase in gym memberships in the first two weeks of any given year because of New Year’s resolutions.
“Unfortunately, most last about a month and a half,” he said. “There are a few that stick it out.”
Ortiz urged people to remember their fitness goals once they are established.
“Have a goal, but don’t forget your goal,” he said. “Have fun. If it isn’t, then it becomes a chore.”
He said those looking to improve their health must not be afraid to ask questions.
“Ask for help,” he said. “Try a workout group or a class.”
Ashlie Uribe, a certified trainer at Patterson Health and Fitness, said she resolves to get people involved and keep them involved in exercise. One way to do that, she said, is to uncover what energizes them and makes them want to return.
“Find something you like and stick to it,” she said after the end of her Zumba dance and exercise class Monday, Dec. 31.
Patterson’s Brett Eichorst said, as he finished loading his pickup with groceries outside Save Mart near Sperry and Ward avenues, that he did not have time to visit the gym, though he would like to lose a few pounds.
“My (resolutions) last about two weeks,” he said.
Marilyn Hoobler of Patterson, a participant in Uribe’s Zumba class, said she had been taking different dance classes for years and loved working out because of her love of dance.
“I’m just going to keep on doing what I’m doing,” she said.
Dana Silva of Newman had a similar idea.
“I really feel good,” she said outside of the Patterson Health and Fitness Zumba class, adding that she had been exercising for 15 years. “I’m going to continue working out and eating right.”
That same day, Patterson resident Lazaro Navarro was preparing for his workout at Patterson Health and Fitness.
Navarro, who recently finished a four-year commitment to the U.S. Navy and began working out nine years ago, said he did not intend to make a New Year’s resolution. He holds that anyone can start improving his lifestyle at any time.
“I believe in resolutions,” he said, between sets of bench presses. “But it’s not something that you just flip a switch.”
Eichorst’s wife, Kimberly Eichorst, said she had been able to keep her 2012 resolution to slim down and had something else in mind for 2013.
“My resolution is usually to lose weight, but this time I joined Weight Watchers and have been doing that,” she said. “Now, I’d like to spend more time with family.”
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