Race to get fit in 2012
GYMS across Bundaberg are seeing an influx of visitors determined to at least start 2012 in a healthy way.
Each year, the fitness centres are swamped with the predictable crowd who have made new year's resolutions to beat the bulge, tone their muscles or just improve their overall fitness and wellbeing.
City Fit manager Sharon Beath said the surge in membership numbers now rarely waited until early in the new year, but often started in the first days after Christmas.
"Years ago it used to be that the new year's rush did not start until after the kids had gone back to school," she said.
"Now it seems to be as soon as Christmas has finished.
"People tend not to wait until new year, but decide they are going to do it now, so sign up as soon as they can."
Ms Beath said most people who joined tended to keep their motivation up until the weather started to turn.
"When winter comes, it's harder for people to get out of bed in the dark and the motivation starts to drop," she said.
But the long-time gym manager said she had noticed in recent years that people had tended to be more proactive about staying healthy.
"I think it's because there is a lot more (information) out there about the importance of looking after yourself," she said.
Across town, Jetts Fitness Bundaberg was also experiencing the influx of the resolution army.
Jetts manager Keegan Lancawski said the business had noticed a rise in new membership started in early December.
"We do expect a big increase each year," he said.
But as to whether people stuck with their resolution?
"It really depends on each person and how much motivation they have," he said.
Mr Lancawski agreed it was during the colder months when they started to experience a drop in numbers.
"It usually starts to slow down a bit in March," he said.
Mr Lancawski said people were interested in a mix of their own training programs and having something designed for them.
B Transformed founder and director Katie Murrell said a barrage of inquiries had started coming through on Boxing Day. She said in previous years, most people had waited until the new year to ask about getting fit.
"A lot came through Facebook, so I think the different technology has made it easier for people to ask," she said.
Ms Murrell said most of the queries had one main focus.
"There is always the mention of kilos and how to lose them," she said.
The weight loss expert said there had also been an increase in questions about fitness and weight loss programs for children and making sure they were in a healthy weight range.
Ms Murrell said there was no magic cure to lose weight, but there were some simple tips to make it easier.
"The thing to focus on is lifestyle change and having guidelines for your diet," she said.
"Having goals for exercise helps as well as making time to exercise in your day-to-day life."
Ms Murrell said it was also important to be flexible with exercise schedules.
Weight loss tips
Get a good night's sleep - A lack of sleep can increase the body's tendency to store fat and make you feel hungry.
Be realistic - One of the biggest mistakes people make is to set unrealistic goals which are destined to fail.
Phone a friend - Friends and family who are also losing weight provide one of the best sources of encouragement and motivation.
Eat healthier snacks - Switch a bag of chips for a healthy alternative such as carrots, almonds and fruits.
Take a hike - A short 15-minute walk first thing in the morning will help kickstart your metabolism.