Gym Attendance Declines During Holidays

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 2:26pm

EL PASO — The holidays are the time when we're busiest preparing for parties and finding gifts. The combination of rich foods at the parties and time constraints leave less time for working out.

You can find Thiago Silva at the gym every day of the week, even Sundays.

"Coming to the gym, for me, it's a lifestyle," Silva said.

But for many, once the holidays come around, working out is no longer a priority.

"You would think people tend to feel a little guilty after eating over the weekend and holiday parties, said Sallie Eikren, head trainer at Planet Fitness. "However, it actually kind of drops off this time of the year because there's so many things they have to do".

From November until the end of December, Planet Fitness on Mesa sees at least 200 less people per day than usual.

"They're shopping, they're traveling. so you see a drop right now," Sallie said. "Come the end of the month it's going to spike quite a bit".

For those who don't want to gain the weight and need a little motivation, it could help to think of it how Silva does.

"It's like brushing your teeth, you don't stop brushing your teeth because it's the holidays," said Silva.

A Tufts University study show people actually only gain 1 pound from Thanksgiving through January 1st.

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