Sinclair Cares: Fitness resolutions 2018
(SBGTV) -- It's a new year.. and that means many people have their sights on getting healthy and in shape for 2018.
Statistics show only 30 percent of people follow through with their fitness resolutions.
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.
"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 Wilkerson.
At least four days a week you can find three generations of the Wilkerson family working out together.
"I probably wouldn't have kept coming if it hadn't been for the two of us doing it together."
"And we're living proof of that and once you start seeing results you feel better and it gets fun and you have something to talk about at home,” said George Wilkerson.
"But just seeing them - they lost a lot of weight and got in shape quick and it just kind of got me involved naturally really."
"I'm 71 and I've never done exercise at all but I started coming to the gym and the weight started coming off and I started getting stronger and I can do things I haven't been able to do for years."
"Anytime you do it as a group you know you've got some accountability."
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 Aaron Wilkerson, Connie’s son.
"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,” said Linda Jones, Connie's aunt.
"I probably wouldn't do it otherwise It's so much fun because I enjoy being here with them."
The Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University found that married couples who worked out separately had a 43 percent dropout rate.
Those who went to the gym together only had a six-point-three percent dropout rate.