A new year provides an opportunity for people to develop a fitness plan or to continue what they started the previous year.
Area residents worked out at fitness facilities Wednesday and discussed how exercise helps them.
Charles Hollon, 75, Lima, exercised on a treadmill Wednesday morning at Lima Community YMCA and has been coming to the Y for the past eight years.
“I had open heart surgery in 2010 and was overweight. I have lost 18 to 20 pounds and now work out three days a week,” Hollon said.
Advice he would give to people who are considering establishing a fitness routine are to get a fitness coach who will help individualize a workout program.
A New Year group exercise class sampler party will be from 8 to noon Saturday at the Y for ages 13 and older, according to Terri Averesch, Lima Community YMCA vice president. It is free to attend for members and $7 for non-members and participants are asked to bring a canned good to donate to West Ohio Food Bank.
“It’s important to exercise for your general health, and it’s good to stay active. Group exercise is a great way to stay active because you have other people motivating you — and it’s fun,” Averesch said.
Anytime Fitness locations in Lima and Ottawa also were busy Wednesday with people on treadmills, lifting weights and working with personal trainers.
There is a promotion going on through Jan. 11 where customers can join Anytime Fitness for $1 and save on their enrollment and key fob fees and get 30 days of group training included, Alexa Miller, Lima Anytime Fitness owner said.
“Every year we are busy in January, and it’s a fresh start and good time to set goals for the new year,” Miller said. Sometimes customers may not return to exercise because they lack motivation and knowledge, but the fitness center’s employees are committed to keeping those who work out accountable and providing them with the support they need, according to Miller.
Kelly Ridge, 52, of Pandora, worked out on a treadmill Wednesday at Anytime Fitness in Ottawa.
“I have been coming since last May when they opened. I work with a trainer for a half hour each time doing weights and different exercises,” Ridge said. She said exercise helps with her health and energy levels and her goals are to work out more.
Gary Recker, 68, Glandorf, worked out at the Putnam County Family YMCA and comes five times a week.
“I had heart surgery in 1987 and had to do something to get my heart going again, so exercise helped,” Recker said.
He advised those who begin an exercise routine to start off slow and work their way up to a comfortable level.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.