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The Seasonal Gym Crowd (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

The rush is on..the gym is packed.

THIS IS HOW YOU KNOW IT'S JANUARY

A tongue-in-cheek look at the seasonal surge

I've never seen the gym as crowded as it has been the last few days.  

It's the "Januarians."  (I made up that term)

Every year many of us make a New Year's resolution to lose weight.  Many of us will really try, and many will really fail.  For now all of us are all together at the gym.  Add in the fact that lots of people haven't gone back to work full time yet from the holiday and my normally quiet, late morning time at the gym is..let's just say buzzing. The locker room is way over-populated....there are crowds in cardio, a wait for some weights.  We year-rounders can get a little territorial during the January surge.

Here's why it's so good that so many are at least trying to get in shape, at least for now.

A third of American adults are obese..a third!  Two thirds are either overweight or obese.  The problems are huge (pun intended), high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes etc. 

19.1 percent of the people in Colorado are obese.  That's one in every five of us.  The sad part is that we in Colorado are as good as it gets!  Colorado has the lowest obesity rate in the nation.  Mississippi is the fattest state and has the second highest diabetes rate in the nation. 

The problem is that the new-found fitness surge won't last.  It never does.  I mentioned this on facebook the other day and someone said, "Wait until February, it'll be back to normal."  He was right, if a little cynical.  I always say, "It's not cynicism if it's true" ....so, I think things will be back to normal by mid-January!

Call them "The Resolutionaries!"  ( I made up that term too) They're here for now, if not for long...and I wish them the best.

For the sake of our nation's collective blood pressure I hope they stick with it and succeed.  For the sake of my own blood pressure, I wish they wouldn't  all go to the gym at the same time..when I'm there!

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward

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