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Resolving to improve


Fitness, smoking cessation lead list of area’s New Year’s pledges



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Bill Sowka, of Woodstock, Conn., works on his New Year’s Resolution to keep fit and lose the pounds he put on during the holidays. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
January 04, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Every year, most of us make them — New Year’s Resolutions.

Like clockwork, people this week are saying, “this is the year.” They begin joining or rejoining gyms, hoping to shed the pounds put on after giving up on last year’s failed New Year’s Resolution to lose weight.

“We’ve had 10 people sign up today by 4 p.m.” said Southbridge YMCA employee Sue Guerin, who works in the membership department. “This is the first weekday after New Year’s. We always see a large increase in new membership from January until March. The summer is when things really start slowing down. Despite the horrible economy, people have been regularly coming in and staying signed up. It’s surprising. Only a few people have told me that they can’t afford it anymore.”

Not surprisingly, the first Monday in the new year was packed at the YMCA. Many are beginning to make good on their new promise to themselves.

“I haven’t been in a gym in over a year and I just signed up here today,” said Gabriel Rivera, of Southbridge, while spotting friend Alberto Cordero as he bench-pressed. “I’m just trying to survive my first day back [laughs.] I plan on coming every day.”

Members of the gym who work out regularly are setting new goals this year.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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