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."
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
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