Fitness fiasco

Looking into fitness New Year’s resolutions and how they hold up


Healthy habits: As January progresses into February, the OCC health center sees fewer people. Many people who set fitness-related New Year’s resolutions tend to drop them throughout the year.

Naomi Sutch, Reporter

According to, a recent YouGov poll found that, of the nearly 30 percent of respondents who said they are making New Year’s resolutions, 50 percent said their top resolution was to exercise.

In January 2019, there were 808 visitors to the Oakwood Community Center gym, the highest visitor number out of any other month of 2019 by 75 people. The highest-visited day in the whole year was January 7, with 45 visitors.

“January is a big month for the health center,” Lori Stanley, secretary to the director of Leisure Services at the OCC, said. “We notice that attendance is usually up then tapers off in February and the rest of the year goes back to the regulars.”

June was the month with the lowest number of gym visits, counting in at 555 total visits.

“I think most people would rather run or walk outside when possible,” Stanley said. “Also, June is [a] big vacation month, so many people are out of town.”

Along with general trends in the data, there are ostensibly random outliers. For example, February 11 had 41 visitors and September 1 had zero visitors.

Another spike day was December 26, which had 29 visitors, one of the highest numbers that month.

One reason for the spike in the gym visits may be that many people have the day off on December 26.  According to, December 26 is a day off for most workers where it’s a state holiday, which is currently in place in six states. In places where it’s not a public holiday, most families use up a vacation day, as most schools are closed, says.

 Looking at the numbers throughout the year, it is shown how people can lose their momentum in their resolutions quickly. Whether is be time constraints or weather, people seem to not be carrying out their goals as they intend.