Resolutions Mean Some Business is Booming

If it's one place people flock to after January 1st, it's the gym. When it comes to New Year's resolutions, getting in shape is often at the top of the list.

"There's a large number of people who will start in January and they will stay with it," says Livewell Athletic Club executive director Grady Lowery. "There is a larger number of people who will not. They'll go four, six, eight weeks; they don't seem to break through that barrier. There's a barrier when you're changing any habit, that you tend to want to fall back to your old habits."

Getting fit isn't an easy resolution to keep.

"It's something that I've been wanting to do for quite a while," Jake Wilkins says. "Putting on the extra holiday pounds that I put on I said, 'it's time to get into the gym'."

Hospitals also see more business in January, not because of resolution makers vowing to take better care of themselves, but because of the cold and flu season.

"Elective surgeries are generally done at the end of the year so people can get their out of pockets and copays in," says Keith Dalton of Woodland Heights Medical Center. "Everybody has their new year annual deductibles for out-of-pockets to meet, so they're putting things off as long as possible."

No matter how you plan to better yourself in the new year, here's some advice that may help you reach your goal: think about how to make your resolution a reality and develop that plan to successfully achieve your resolution. You should also ask yourself what you hope to gain through successfully achieving your resolution.