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."
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser - The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the 'Help!' release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
EAGLE RIVER - A new type of foundation could give you a better way to build a home, and the idea for the improvement starts right here in the Northwoods.
Composite Panel Systems in Eagle River builds composite panels for home foundations. Composite means anything made of two or more materials, which includes fiberglass in this case. The company describes the EPITOME Quality Foundation Wall as a revolutionary composite building solution for residential foundations.
The company makes them off site, and then they put them together on location. Composite Panel Systems' Scott Weber says that means a shorter build time compared to concrete foundations.
Gardens need some help with large temperature swings in summer
RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
47-year-old Karen Wessell of Star Lake died in yesterday's swimming accident in Vilas County. A boater pulled 2 people out of the water after they started drowning on Star Lake. We now know Wessell died shortly after.
Wessell went under water during a rescue attempt.
The Vilas County Sheriff says 3 women and 4 kids were along Trampers Trail. 3 boys swam across the channel and were told to come back. They got tired swimming back to shore so the women had to help. Wessell used herself to push one of the boys above the water to keep him from going under. A boater saw them, pulled them out, and started doing CPR.
CONOVER - The Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team from Conover won the state title for their division last weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. Summer water ski shows are a wonderful part of the Spirit of the North.
"I don't know how to spend the summer anywhere else," said Jessica Clark.
She is one of about 35 skiers between the ages of 12 and 31 who spend their summers on Lake Pleasant in Conover. They come from Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and Texas.
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