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MILLERSBURG -- If we all attacked our resolutions with the verve Nathan Miller does his, we would all be fit as a fiddle.
Fortunately, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Miller's resolution is to lose 50 pounds by April 15. He got a head start on his New Year's resolution and the Millersburg man is well on his way, having shed 14 pounds already through December.
Jarrett Snow, a student at West Holmes High School, says last year he made a resolution to letter in football and he was able to do so.
"This year, my resolution is to be a leader on next year's team," Snow said.
Jeff Lay, Millersburg, says he'd like to be healthier in the year to come -- eat healthier, diet and exercise, maybe lose some weight.
However, he said, "It's not an official resolution; I don't make those until New Year's."
Realizing life is short, Kim Britt, Millersburg, said, "I want to focus more on living in the moment, because tomorrow's never promised.
"You can't worry so much," she said.
A pair of fitness centers in Holmes County see an increase in business around New Year's, as people resolve to get fit.
"In January and February, Pomerene Kinetics sees its best numbers in new member sign-ups," said Rebecca Ragon, public relations and marketing coordinator for Pomerene Hospital. "This is typically when most people are looking to make New Year's resolutions and start their year off right by committing to their health and fitness. Also, Pomerene Kinetics typically offers the best incentives and promotions during this time of the year for new member sign-ups."
At the Fitness Club in the Berlin Resort, manager Jayme Miller says there is a noticeable increase in memberships around the new year, but she sees an increase in memberships overall as more and more people are dedicating their lives to living right.
In general, people are much more aware of their health and fitness," Miller said. "We are finding that our memberships increase year-round because people want to be healthy. What's really on the increase is personal training.
"When they get that professional input, it's not just about building muscle," she continued. "It's about their diet, the total person. People are hiring our personal trainers because they not only want to be in shape, but they want a meal plan. We're finding more and more people are looking for a body with bones that are supported by muscle."
Women who used to take a lot of the classes, like Zumba, are now spending as much time in the free weight room as men.
"They want to be 70 and not have bursitis in their hips," Miller said. "They want to live life and function at a peak."
Many people no longer make resolutions. Some of these folks just try to do the right thing daily.
Although, when it comes to fitness, it is not easy to always make time for exercise.
"I try to work out every day. If I'm not working out here, I work out at home," said Doug Porter of Millersburg. "I try to get at least 20 to 30 minutes a day in. Sometimes I have to come in before work and get a quick workout in. That's better than not getting one in at all. I just try to find the time each day."
Zach Jaeb, another Millersburg resident working out at Pomerene Kinetics, says he started working out in an effort to gain weight.
"I started out to add weight and put on some muscle," Jaeb said. "I've been pretty much working out daily ever since.
Ted Macaulay, an international pilot from Millersburg, uses exercise as his buffer to fight off jet lag.
"Brent Snyder got me into working out back in seventh grade and I've been doing it ever since," Macaulay said. "He got me hooked early and it's carried through to half a century later."
Carli Roach is an avid runner who uses the discipline of training for half-marathons as her motivator. "I'm at the gym five or six days a week while I'm home from school," the Appalachian State University (N.C.) student said. "It hasn't been very favorable running conditions since I've been home."
Trina Troyer uses exercise for her health and to reduce stress.
"Getting started is hardest, especially when it's cold," Troyer said. "It's hard to get out of the house and come work out when it's cold. I just have to make myself go. Sometimes you just don't feel like doing it. That's when you have to go. You just have to think about how good it feels after you're done and that gets me motivated enough to get in here and work out."
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.