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Following through your healthy new year goal

It's a new year and that means people have their sights set on getting healthy and in shape for 2018.

It's a new year and that means 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.

Stay informed about important health matters and the 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 says 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."

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," said Connie.

"And we're living proof of that," said Connie's husband, George. "And once you start seeing results, you feel better and it gets fun and you have something to talk about at home."

"Just seeing them, they lost a lot of weight and got in shape quick and it just kid of got me involved naturally really," said son Aaron.

"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," said George's aunt, Linda.

Gym owner and personal trainer Jeff Lawrence says every year he sees people join his gym in January and disappear by March.

"Anytime you do it as a group you know you've got some accountability."

When families join together, Lawrence says the memberships are renewed year after year.

Connie started her fitness journey in 2015

"She's taught them how to ear, 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.

"When everybody's on the same kind of diet plan, then it works," said George. "I'd encourage people to really start thinking about doing it together."

"I probably wouldn't do it other wise," said Linda. "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 Indian University surveyed married couples who joined health clubs together and found that couples who worked out separately had a 43-percent dropout rate over the course of a year.

Those who went to the gym together, had only a 6.3-percent dropout rate.

And there's good news, many healthy and fitness clubs offer family discounts as promotions for the new year.


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