Wichitans starting strong on New Year's resolutions

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The first Saturday of 2019 was perfect for Wichitans to start on their New Year's resolutions.

From bikers to walkers, people across the city making their resolutions a reality.

Cyclist, Bob Locke, says "I am particularly trying to stay healthy this year. More so than in the past, and I think I can do it."

"My New Year's resolution this year is to be happy and healthy," says Mary Chavez.

Temperatures in the 60s means there's no excuse this year.

"This is such a beautiful day. The sun's out. the temperature's warming up, and there's no wind to speak of," says Locke.

In Wichita and across the world, resolutions for a healthier lifestyle are common. But, according to a 2018 survey from Statistica, up to 2 out of 5 of those trying to lose weight don't follow through just a month in. That's why for some, it's more about a marathon than it is a sprint.

Runner, Deb Ball says, "It's just a lifelong goal. I don't think I make goals at the end of the year. I just try to maintain."

From outside in the park, to inside at the gym, facilities like Genesis Health Club are already flooded with new members in the new year. Managers say they treat January like their Super Bowl, and have already seen around a 15% increase in memberships.

Whether your goals for 2019 are going to the gym or running an outdoor marathon, experts agree only one thing really matters. Just get moving.

Retired Physician, Barbara Coats, says "People think they have to do extreme sports, but they don't. Just walking is important."

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