Danville, VA - For some, the goal of losing weight and getting in shape started early Wednesday as people hit the gym to start 2014 off right.
For Allen Carter, the New Year means a new body. Like many others, Carter resolved to work out more in 2014.
"I've got a 10-year-old and I'm trying to be here for him. That's pretty much my main goal," said Carter.
Carter wants to lose 60 pounds. That means eating right and increasing his gym visits from once a week to four times a week.
"It's been in my mind forever but today is the day I'm going to do it. It's the first of the year and here I am," said Carter.
When Carter works out, the gym cashes in. The Danville YMCA depends on the business boom from this time of year. Membership and Marketing Director Dustin Whittle says membership sign-ups typically increase by about 40 percent around the new year.
"This is definitely a big time for us. We need to get the people in," said Whittle.
Whittle says the membership dues cover the cost of their facility and allow them to help the community.
"We're able to gain more money and that helps create more funding for our scholarship program," said Whittle.
Whittle estimates only half of the resolutions to work out stick through the year but Carter is determined to beat the odds.
"I'm tired of saying I'm going to do it and not do it...This is my year," said Carter.
Like the YMCA, many gyms are offering promotions to get folks to join. So far, however, the Danville Y has had a slow start to 2014, but they are hopeful that they will trickle in over the next few weeks.
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