How to stick with your fitness program the entire year

Trying to stick with your fitness program? One family says they have the secret.

Pushing yourself to start a workout program and stick with it can seem overwhelming for a lot of Americans, but Connie Wilkerson tells us 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 as well,” 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 said.

“We're living proof of that and once you start seeing results, you feel better and it gets fun and you have something to talk about at home,” Connie’s husband George said.

Connie’s and George’s son, Aaron, also explained.

“Just seeing them, they lost a lot of weight and got in shape quick, and it just kind of got me involved naturally really,” he said.

Linda Jones, George’s aunt, says she’s starting to see the benefits.

“I'm 71 and I’ve never done exercise at all, but I started coming to the gym and the weight started coming off,” she said. “I started getting stronger and I can do things I haven't been able to do for years.”

Gym owner and personal trainer Jeff Lawrence says every year he sees people join his gym in January and disappear by March. But when families join together, he says the memberships are renewed year after year.

“Anytime you do it as a group you know you've got some accountability,” he said.

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,” said Lawrence.

“When everybody's on the same kind of diet plan then it works, so yeah, I'd encourage people to really start thinking about doing it together,” George said.

“I probably wouldn't do it otherwise it's so much fun because I enjoy being here with them,” said Linda.

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