Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Resolve To Get Fit

“Gyms and fitness clubs are hoping new year's resolutions translate into an increase in memberships. The expected spike in business also can mean savings for residents wanting to get in shape. Kara Thompson, public relations coordinator for the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, said gym memberships spike about 12 percent nationwide in the month of January. Thompson said despite economic conditions, fitness clubs may still see the increase in memberships. She said the average cost of a gym membership is $42 per month, which can go a long way in a difficult economy. ‘There is certainly a return on investment in a health club membership, especially if people are stressed out because of the economy – exercise is proven to help improve your mood,’ Thompson said. ‘Tell me other $42 investments that provide the same return. Certainly people have to make hard choices, but this is not a luxury; it's an investment in your health.’ About 16.6 percent of the Ohio population belongs to a health club, she said. That is above the national rate of about 15 percent. Curves Manager and co-owner Kelly Zenner said the women-only fitness club offers 50 percent off the service fee and...


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