RHINELANDER - We're just one short week into 2013. That means gym membership across the country is sky-rocketing. Fitness resolutions are easy to make, but the age-old problem is that they're a little harder to keep.
The beginning of a new year is a perfect time for a fresh start. A chance to live a healthier life by forming- and keeping goals.Here at the YMCA of the Northwoods, avoiding a resolution letdown is often a theme in January.
The YMCA's Andrea Collins knows all about New Years trends.
"Their signing up for the classes, otherwise you get your regulars that come in at 5am everyday, its great to see the new faces that have been coming in."
But what type of additude turns new members into regulars?
"You've got to stick with it, and stay with it, stay consistant, and work through the pain sometimes." Said workout enthusiast, Mike Drew.
Ethan Cummings, who is a seasoned marathon runner, knows motivation is the answer.
"Somedays you feel good, and somedays you don't feel that good. Today I didn't feel that good. But you kind of accept that and do what you can."
Members also have tips on how not to get burned out too quickly.
Julie Lacrosse offered the Northwoods her advice for those who want to do way too much, too soon.
"You work at your own speed, you make friendships, you get support groups that are trying to do what you're doing."
And for all the individuals who feel like it's too much of a struggle to make it to the gym, Cummings chimed in again with the greatest point of the day.
"I know may start off feeling bad, but I know I'm going to feel better at the end so I do it anyway."
MINOCQUA - By the time most of us finish breakfast, we already start planning what to eat for lunch.
For some kids all around the world, that next meal sometimes never comes.
The Food for Kidz Minocqua committee will lend a helping hand to change that Saturday morning.
Lakeland Union High School's common area will transform into a full-blown assembly line.
Food for Kidz volunteers will pour and pack ingredients into plastic bags.
The goal is 175,000 packed meals.
Food for Kidz needs more volunteers by tomorrow to meet that goal.
"If you haven't experienced this, come out and try it and you'll go away with just a great feeling," said Food for Kidz co-chair John Breiten.
Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to walk in to volunteer.
The food packages will be shipped off to anywhere from Honduras to Mozambique.
Some special meals will be set aside and sent to local communities in the Northwoods.
"It's just a great, fun community event. I think the kids especially take something away that they are giving beyond themselves," said Food for Kidz sponsor and Lakeland Union High School Spanish teacher Karen Roerich.
Walk-in volunteers are welcome to attend either packing shift tomorrow morning.
The first shift is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The second shift is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
If you can't make it out to Lakeland Union High School Saturday, donations are always welcome.
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