New Year, New Goals For Rim Country Residents


You may have forgotten all the eggnog, ham and pecan pie you consumed this past month, but your body hasn't. In fact, just about now those calories are settling nicely into your belly, legs and rear end.

But don't fret too much -- you're not the only one pledging to lose weight while gobbling the last of the fruitcake. It's happening all over the country -- getting fit and losing weight are the most common resolutions we make for the new year.

Just visit Payson's Club USA. It's about the busiest time of year for fitness centers.

"We get much busier toward the beginning of the year," Amanda Korth, a Club USA employee said. "People want to achieve health, they want to be physically fit. People see the new year as a time to start over, to start anew."

Club USA offers a wide range of workout options.

"The most popular machines for people making a resolution to get fit are cardio machines, which include treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes," Korth said "We also offer classes like kickboxing, Pilates, and yoga."

Payson resident Glenda McNeeley signed up for a fitness membership at Club USA this week as part of her New Year's resolution.

"My neighbor talked me into it," McNeeley said. "It's easier to come with someone, so now I'll be working out with my neighbor Charisse. I've been thinking about it for a while, but now I'm going to do it."

Payson Athletic Club

Nic Mendoza, of Payson Athletic Club offers this advice to people making a new years resolution to get in shape:

"The best thing to do is stay committed -- committed to a healthier diet plan and to workout consistently, at least three times a week for 30 to 60 minutes.

Basically try and eat healthier. A big mistake people make in their diet is eating out too often and not watching what they eat. They also need to cut back on sweets. Fast food joints are generally not healthy.

"If you do happen to overindulge during the holidays, the trick is to get back on a program within the next week," he said.

PAC offers weekly programs consisting of yoga, Pilates, aerobics and total stretch.

Curves for Women

Curves for Women is another place to get fit and lose weight.

"We see an increase in clients this time of year," Marie Friesen said.

Owner Martha Hemphill talked about some the new features the women's fitness program offers.

"We have a new machine and have started a new partnership with Avon," Hemphill said. "There is a coupon for Curves in the new Avon catalog."

There is a magazine for Curves members now, featuring success stories and information on how to best use the equipment and weight-loss plan.

"It's all positive and upbeat," she said.

The core of Curves is still a 30-minute workout, three times a week. The center also has new weight management classes starting with the new year.

A promise made

A number of Rim country residents shared different resolutions for the coming year:

"I want to be the best country supervisor I can be and bring a new voice to the conversation," said Gila County Supervisor-elect for District One, Tommie Cline Martin.

Although Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Vice Chairman Cheryl Holland declined to comment on the chamber's goals, she did discuss a personal goal.

"I'm going to start preparing earlier for Christmas next year," Holland said.

Tina Bruess, the chamber's executive director, elaborated on her organization's ambitions.

"I want to make chamber membership more valuable," Bruess said. She also held off on making more specific statements to achieve those goals, but said, "Personally, I want to take a little bit more time for myself occasionally."

Longtime Payson High School teacher, Dennis Pirch, was a little more philosophical.

"The older I get the more I realize, if there be such a thing as resolutions, it's to enjoy each day that God's given me," he said.

For those interested in making financial resolutions for the new year, Kevin Dick of Edward Jones Investments said making a plan is important.

"Establish and move toward financial goals," he said. "Most people invest aimlessly, with no goals. Everyone should establish a financial plan and take progressive steps forward to achieve it."

Top 10 most common resolutions

1. Lose weight

2. Save or earn more money

3. Stop smoking

4. Spend more time with family

5. Stick to a budget

6. Find a better job

7. Eat better

8. Become more organized

9. Exercise more

10. Become a better person

Source: University of Missouri

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