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Sinclair Cares: Families getting fit together

Sinclair Cares: Families getting fit together (Sinclair Cares)

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% of people follow through with their fitness resolution over a 12 month period.

Working in partnership with our parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group we want to keep you informed about important health matters.

Alyson Courtney talks about one major factor that can help you beat the odds in your quest for a better lifestyle.

Pushing yourself to start a workout program and stick with it can seem overwhelming for a lot of Americans, but Connie Wilkerson tells us the key for her was making it not a personal priority but a family one.

At least four days a week you can find three generations of the Wilkerson family working out together. “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,” said Connie. “I probably wouldn't have kept coming if it hadn't been for the two of us doing it together.”

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,” said Lawrence.

Connie’s husband, George 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.”

Linda Jones, Connie’s aunt said, “I probably wouldn't do it otherwise It's so much fun because I enjoy being here with them.”

Need more proof that working out as a family helps? 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% dropout rate over the course of a year. Those who went to the gym together had only a 6.3% dropout rate. And more good news: many health and fitness clubs offer family discounts as promotions for the new year.

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