WARNER ROBINS — Gym-goers can usually count on a busy workspace the first two months of the year as they are joined by those who have made New Year's resolutions to get fit.
This year, it is taking a bit longer for the gyms to return to normal.
"We're glad to see it," said Kevin Carter, the director of wellness services at The Wellness Center at 3797 Northside Drive in Macon, which is owned by The Medical Center of Central Georgia.
Carter said he believes numbers in health clubs are holding steady in part because people are forgoing family vacations, choosing to stay closer to home when they would normally travel. It is among the reasons contributing to a 15-percent jump in clients normally seen at The Wellness Center and The Macon Health Club, also run by the Medical Center.
Carter also says he has seen a larger number of older adults becoming clients. A 2007 study by The American Council on Exercise did show that older adults see significant results a month after beginning a fitness regimen.
Brett Moore, community benefit coordinator for Houston Healthcare, said more people with health issues are stepping into gyms to start on the road to getting those issues under control. Calling Middle Georgia "The Diabetes Belt," he said people are more willing to do something about their health when it affects them financially.
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