ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) With a new year beginning, many people will use the clean slate of 2019 to embark on new fitness goals.
Haley Biggert manages and teaches yoga at the Anytime Fitness location in Ardmore.
"We believe education is the best key to help our members along their health, wellness and fitness journey," Biggert said.
Biggert said the location saw a large increase in new members in November and some in December, but January is the most popular month for new members.
"And I know it can be a little scary to get started into something new but it's well worth it in the long run for your health," she said.
To keep safe, Biggert suggests new gym members should work with a personal trainer to show them how exercises and machines should work and to not be afraid to ask questions to staff members.
The American Heart Association also said gym goers should have proper foot wear and listen to their bodies if there is pain beyond normal fatigue.
In addition to safety, Biggert said staying motivated is vital.
"It's important for us to stay motivated, as fitness professionals, to keep our members motivated to continue their gym membership and a healthier lifestyle," she said.
Biggert admits it is hard on some days to stay motivated herself.
"But, I have a lot of passion to help people reach their goals and help them lead healthier lifestyles," she said.
Biggert said results are not automatic and it takes about six to eight weeks for someone to see change from exercise. It takes usually eight to 12 weeks for other people to notice change.
"It's a work in progress," she said. "It takes time. It doesn't happen overnight."