Running off the pounds: Will crowds thin at Alumni Gym?


By Victoria Cullinan

With the arrival of a New Year always comes a tidal wave of New Year’s Resolutions. Whether it be vowing to give up chocolate or attempting to do better in school, theses resolutions are always much harder to carry out than they are to come up with.

According to a report conducted and published by the Statistic Brain Research Institute, approximately 45% of Americans propose a resolution each year and only 8% are actually successful in achieving it.              Along with these statistics, the data also showed that losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions among the American public.

Since the start of the new trimester here at Union, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of students at the gym. Could this increase be a result of newly pledged resolutions and better yet, will it last?

The University of Scranton in Pennsylvania conducted a study and found that of those who set a goal, 75% still will be working toward it after the first week of January but after six months, the number decreases to 46%.

According to these unpromising statistics, it would be safe to assume that of those students who are trying to get in shape for the New Year, the majority will be back to bumming it out on the couch in a short amount of time.

A majority of these students at the gym consist of athletes who are required to workout and to stay in shape for their upcoming seasons. I personally made a resolution to be healthier by both working out and through changing my diet and being an athlete gives me the motivation I need to go to the gym.

I know that it is important to be in shape so that I do well and so that I can help my team succeed and having this to motivate me helps in achieving my New Year’s resolution.

The underlying factor when it comes to successfully maintaining a resolution is motivation.

At college it is easy to get distracted by things, like homework and partying, that can easily lessen your motivation to work out.

If you are not particularly motivated, try joining a wellness class. They are extremely entertaining: one class being offered now even uses drumsticks and bouncy balls like using bongos!

Certain students in Davidson discovered that a common reason people failed to accomplish their resolutions was their “lack of motivation.”

As the days get colder and the snow piles up through the winter months, it will be interesting to see if and by how much the amount of people at the gym decreases.

Who knows, maybe students will hold fast to their resolutions and be successful in accomplishing them!  As the famous Irish poet Oscar Wilde once said, “Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no          account.”


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