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How to Make Your New Year's Resolution a Hobby


(SOUTH SIOUX CITY, IA) It's that time of year again for New Year's resolutions, but sometimes people can get a little discouraged, because they feel like their workout is repetitive. But personal trainers at the YMCA say it doesn't have to be that way. You can take an activity, like swimming, and turn it into a hobby, instead of a workout.
I mean you're still getting the benefits of working out, but if it's something you enjoy, your brain won't be distracted by the hard work your body is doing.
"It shouldn't be a pain in the butt, but we have a lot of classes we can take where we get people together and exercise, without even really realizing they're doing it," says, Jacque Perez, YMCA Wellness Director and Personal Trainer.
Activities like swimming, zumba, youth sports programs, wellness classes and personal training can spice up your routine.
"We always have workouts on hand, that can give you tips and suggestions based on where you are at physically and say, maybe I found my new hobby," says Chris DeRoin, YMCA Marketing Coordinator.
And trainers say, instead of just making a fitness plan make a life plan. That's exactly what Shirley King and Gordon Legg are doing. These two don't know each other, but they have one thing in common, staying in motion.
"I've worked hard all my life, doing a little bit of everything, and you know its pretty hard to give up, you know like my dad he was 90 and I told him, why don't you retire, and he said, when you retire, you're dead. That's kind of my opinion too, you give up, you're going to keel over," says Gordon Legg, a 90-year-old active Sioux City senior.
"I lost weight, I lost dress sizes, I felt good, I changed how I ate, things like that got me motivated and keeps me motivated because I don't want to go back to what I was," says Shirley King, a Sioux City Swimming Trainer.
Trainers say, set small, achievable goals. Once you reach them, you can set the next round.

According to, some other popular New Year's resolutions are: get a better job,  manage debt, recycle more, quit smoking and drink less alcohol.

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