‘New year, new me’: Fitness resolutions amid ongoing pandemic

The ongoing pandemic’s been an uphill battle for many gyms across the commonwealth.
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 12:08 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The ongoing pandemic’s been an uphill battle for many gyms across the commonwealth.

You’ve probably heard of the saying, “new year, new me.” The new year is often a time many people are inspired to get active.

Many people head into the gym with a new workout plan to start off the new year. But will that be the case during the ongoing pandemic?

More people are heading into fitness centers this new year, according to Whitaker Family YMCA district Vice President Dana Ensley.

Ensley says, while the volume of people is less than a typical January, it’s still up compared to other months during the pandemic. She says the facility is adhering to all COVID-19 guidelines.

Ensley hopes 2020 will inspire more people to focus on health and will take advantage of this new start.

“Every day we try to portray to the community that it’s so important to be healthy from the inside out,” Ensley said.

John McKinney, co-owner of the Richmond Athletic Club, says he’s seeing plenty of new members this New Year. He says he’s seen people sign up at the end of December, which is earlier than he typically sees.

“None of us have a crystal ball but according to you know the recent numbers and the new vaccines coming out, I really think we are you know turning a corner on this thing, and able to put 2020 behind us and look towards a brighter future to come,” McKinney says.

If you aren’t comfortable going into the gym, there are also online services including personal training and classes.

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