Exercising more, eating healthier and getting active are the most common resolutions people make, and according to Yara Centre Manager Dacey Ursu, it shows.
"Mostly we see renewals in January, but we do see some new fresh faces in the new year. We do find that this is our big time of year as people who were previously walking outside come back to us. It seems to bring some new faces in and a lot of attention to the facility."
Ursu says they don't notice a large drop off of new members as the year goes on, as that generally happens when the weather gets nice.
"Numbers do dwindle down a little bit but we do always have our loyal members who always come back and stay the duration [of the year]. As soon as it starts becoming nice outside, you're outside enjoying sports or camping. I definitely think it [the drop in membership in the spring] has a lot to do with the weather, and maybe slightly New Year resolutions gone wrong."
There is a bit of a stigma as well when it comes to going to the gym for the first time, with many people getting nervous or anxious.
Ursu says they have ways to help curb that fear. "We recommend coming in and talking to our staff or a personal trainer. Yara Centre has a track and that's the best start; come for a walk, check out the facilities, ask questions and don't be afraid to start. Our trainers will walk you through the gym, show you all of the equipment and how to use it properly. It takes away the fear of the unknown for those first time users."
The Yara Centre will be holding their 'Family Fun Festival' Saturday, January 12 in partnership with the Friendly City Optimist Club.