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Starting 2014 in a Healthy Way

Created: 01/01/2014 5:47 PM KAALtv.com
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- With the new year comes new resolutions. A lot of them may deal with weight loss or eating better. We dropped by the YMCA in Rochester today. Where it's the little steps toward a healthier lifestyle that often become success stories.

Whether it be group fitness, running on the treadmill or lifting weights, the idea of getting into shape is a popular one this new year.

"It's that fresh start, people have a really optimistic attitude about what 2014 is going to bring,” said YMCA member, Jaime Swift.  

The YMCA in Rochester had an open house this afternoon, inviting community members to check out what they have to offer.

"We just knew we needed to do something to get our family active again, especially with it being so cold outside,” said Chris Sedlmajer, who signed his family up for YMCA memberships.

Chris Sedlmajer and his family of five all joined the Y Wednesday, "Our biggest thing is family health. The kids love to swim and we just want to be able to do our activities as a family,” said Sedlemajer.

While the YMCA in Rochester was packed with people starting their new year’s resolutions Wednesday, the hype doesn't seem to last long, "It kind of starts to slow a little bit by the end of February,” said YMCA Personal Trainer, Valerie Willis. 

Personal trainer, Valerie Willis says the problem with new year's resolutions is that we aim to high, "It's something you have to take small steps, not one big jump,” she said. 

Valerie says making little tweaks to your routine or eating habits is the way to go.

"The key to coming back and maintaining a fitness program is to really enjoy what you’re doing,” said Willis. 

Shedding a few pounds continues to be one of the top resolutions each new year. But to stick to it, experts say it's about choosing an all-around healthier lifestyle.

"I really made it about doing things that make me feel better, than doing things that make the scale change,” said Swift.