It's amusing to see all the new faces at the gym just after New Year's Day. All the resolutions, and how long they (don't) last ...
Local paper has a front page piece today on the phenomenon–people who sign up for gym membership, go once or twice–or not at all.
Four out of five people who have a gym membership don't use it, according to the article.
Four out of five.
I find that fascinating, though not surprising. Back when I was teaching martial arts, it was commonly known that the white belts paid the freight. People who sign up, get a uniform, last maybe a month, sometimes two or three, then quit.
What I find really funny is the lack of focus from the noobs who do show up. This morning, I went down to the aerobics room to use the back hyperextension rack, and the bikes and walkers and stairclimbers were all full. But the intent isn't there. They don't want to work out as much as they want to be able to say they worked out.
I'm sorry, but a guy pedaling lackadaisically on the stationary bike, listening to music on his iPod while reading a copy of The Ladies Home Journal? He's not going himself much good, and not nearly as much as he would if he concentrated on working up a sweat instead of just passing the time ...