Get healthy in 2018 with group workouts
It's a new year, and that means many people have their sights on getting healthy and in shape for 2018, but the truth is statistics show only 30 percent of people follow through with their fitness resolution over a 12-month period.
Pushing yourself to start a workout program and stick with it can seem overwhelming for a lot of Americans, but Connie Wilkerson said the key for her was making it not a personal priority, but a family one.
"My husband and I had different things that we did, but nothing together and this was something that we could come and do together and then my son comes now and my husband's aunt has actually joined us," Connie said.
At least four days a week you can find three generations of the Wilkerson family working out together.
"I probably wouldn't have kept coming if it hadn't been for the two of us doing it together," Connie's husband, George, said.
Gym owner and personal trainer Jeff Lawrence said every year he sees people join his gym in January and disappear by March, but when families join together, he said the memberships are renewed year after year.
Connie started her fitness journey in 2015.
"She's taught them how to eat, she got them involved in coming to the gym and once you see some results it makes you want to do more and so they've all seen results and it's kept them motivated," explained Connie's aunt, Linda Jones.
Researchers at Indiana University surveyed married couples who joined health clubs together and found that couples who worked out separately had a 43 percent dropout rate over the course of a year.
Those who went to the gym together had only a 6.3 percent dropout rate.