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Pandemic impacts on New Year’s fitness resolutions

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 7:02 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - It’s a new year and for many a chance to chase new goals and create new habits. January is the busiest month for many gyms and fitness centers.

“I think a lot of people start their New Year’s resolutions and are ready to make a change especially with 2020 hopefully in the past and starting a new year, getting fitter and changing their lifestyles,” said Ronald Yousefnejad, the co-owner of Prestige Fitness in Tucson.

Going into 2021, the fitness center predicts many people will take the pandemic into account when creating their goals.

“A lot of people typically come in for weight loss and getting stronger. I think that’s going to be the case but also learning how to do more things outside. Learn how to hike better, play more sports outside, be more active with their significant other,” he said.

Rick Herrington began visiting Prestige Fitness when gyms reopened in the fall.

“I knew I was out of shape and wanted to feel a lot better, and I knew it would add longevity to my life,” Herrington said.

He said 2021 just reinforces his goals.

“I would like to lose the fat and replace it with muscle,” he said.

The gym expects more people to begin visiting next week.

“The fitness center usually picks up usually the first week of January about the 6th or 7th once people are heading back to work and getting into the swing of things after the holidays,” Yousefnejad said.

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