Sticking to your new year's resolution to get in shape

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - At Double Diamond Athletic Club, there are a lot of people who decided not to take a day off from their workouts on the New Year's holiday.

"It's a busy time of year for us," says Mike Shirley, owner of Double Diamond Athletic Club. "Members that might have fallen off the wagon and new folks coming in."

Shirley says the club typically sees a 20-percent increase in visitation around the start of the year.

"I think at the start of the new year, everyone sort of takes some self inventory and wants to come in and make changes. And coming to the gym is a positive thing, mentally and physically," says Shirley.

"Something about turning over the calendar, it's a fresh start, new year, time to make some changes," says Doug Flowers, a longtime club member. "As long as you've got the momentum, gotta go for it."

At European Fitness Center on South Virginia Street, manager David Abittan says it's the busiest time of the year. And the new year means new membership deals, which could bring even more members this month.

"January, February, March is definitely our busiest time. I mean, we're packed," he says.

But both gyms tend to see a drop-off after those first three months. From getting busy with life events to enjoying more outdoor activities when the weather improves, there are different reasons people aren't able to stick to their new year goals of working out more. But Shirley at Double Diamond Athletic Club has some advice for those who want to keep up their workouts.

"Biggest single tip I give anybody: find a workout partner," says Shirley. "Either a friend, coworker, family member. That accountability motivation pays off dividends over the course of the year, so find a partner, make a plan and stick with it."

Shirley also suggests joining a class at the gym since it make the whole experience more sociable and something to look forward to.

Abbitan at European Fitness Center has this advice: set your workout in your schedule.

"The hardest thing to do is find time," he says. "But just like a work schedule, if you know when you've got to be there and what time you've got to be there, it's much easier to stick to a daily routine."