Trying to keep those New Year’s Resolutions? Well, keep you chin up

Joey Richards does chin ups at the crowded UPEI gym on Jan. 8. Photo by Sarah Seeley.
Joey Richards does chin ups at the crowded UPEI gym on Jan. 8. Photo by Sarah Seeley.
By Sarah Seeley
Jan. 8, 2014

The first week of January has passed and many people are hitting the gyms to fulfil their New Year’s resolutions.
The UPEI gym is packed with people who are trying to be fit this year.
Susan MacCormack, a staff member at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Complex at UPEI, said there has been a big increase in the number of gym memberships purchased since January.
“I think it’s a good thing because they care about their health.”
MacCormack also noticed the drop off in gym users after the first few months.
The staff at the UPEI gym try to keep the users motivated by offering a variety of fitness classes and advertising them on Facebook.
“Other than that, there isn’t much we can do.”
Josh Pound, a power lifter and regular UPEI gym user, said he noticed the number of people at the gym has increased substantially. Pound finds it harder to work out because of the influx of people.
“Tolerance is an issue.”
Tim Gallant, another regular user, said he is frustrated with the inexperienced people at the gym.
“It’s great they want to be in shape, but it’s sad they need a specific time of the year to do it.”
Ashley Johnston, an occasional gym user supports New Years resolutions.
“I think it’s good as long as they keep up with it.”
Johnston said people would be more motivated if they bought a gym membership because they would be more inclined to use something they paid a lot of money for.
Avid gym user Joey Richards also noticed the increase.
“The traffic flow is getting busy.”
Richards supports and even recommends making New Year’s resolutions. His resolution this year is to eat according to Canada’s Food Guide.
“I think everyone should be concerned with their personal gain.”
Richards said the majority of people give up on their resolutions because they are unattainable.
“They need to realize their goals have to be reasonable and sustainable.”
He suggests people should make their resolutions with a friend so they can hold each other accountable and keep each other motivated.