Toast to good health this New Year's

Wednesday, 1 January 2014 - 12:33pm IST | Agency: DNA
Staying in shape a popular new-year resolution.

It’s that time of the year when “What’s your resolution?” and “Where’s the party?” are some of the most frequently asked questions. As another year comes to an end, people from all age groups and all sections of society decide on habits they will get rid of and promises they will keep in the next year.

Staying in shape and quitting smoking seem to be the most popular new-year resolutions among youngsters, with gyms across the city seeing a phenomenal rise in enrolment.

Leena Mogre, director of LM fitness, said, “Joining gym is one of the favourite new-year resolutions. During January, we see a 10% rise in applicants.”

In the last two to three years, yoga has become a popular fitness choice among youngsters. Payal Jashnani, owner of Benefit, a yoga class on Linking Road in Bandra, said, “We have seen a 30% rise in enrolment in the last one week. Most of these are in the age group of 20-30 years... coming forward with an aim to stay fit and shed weight. We teach aerobics and yoga, among other things, but yoga is more popular with youngsters now.”

While many make resolutions to join gym, fitness experts say only a few manage to stick to it. “Many plan to begin gym on January 1, but because they party till late on December 31, there are only a few who live up to their promises to themselves,” said Mogre.

“As a new-year resolution, gyms across the city see more people enrolling to get in shape. However, most of them join after January 10.”

Agreeing with Mogre, Rizwan Sayed, director of Your Fitness Club, a chain of gyms in the city, said, “As it is party season, people decide to join gym so that they can party hard and then work on getting back in shape. We see more than 40% surge in gym membership, out of which 30% will eventually drop out by February.”

Sayed added that a committed person doesn’t need a new-year resolution. “A person committed to fitness will not make it a resolution. However, I believe, for the general population it’s like a marker that they need to take fitness seriously.”

Fitness experts say people must understand the importance of staying fit and making their mind strong.

“Determination to remain fit will help such people sustain gyming. People should make exercise their lifestyle choice,” said Sayed.

Apart from joining gym and losing weight, the other wishes that commonly top the list of people’s new-year resolutions are quitting smoking and drinking.

Doctors say making new year-resolutions helps people start their life afresh. Dr Shubhangi Parker, dean and head of the psychiatric department, KEM hospital, said, “People should make new-year resolutions. It is the perfect time to take stock of one’s emotions and incorporate resolutions that can improve one’s physical as well as mental health.”

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Staying in shape and quitting smoking seem to be the most popular new-year resolutions among youngsters, with gyms across the city seeing a phenomenal rise in enrolment. In the last two to three years, yoga has become a popular fitness choice among youngsters.


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