Gym memberships spike with New Year

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 10:09am

They say you can't put a price on good health...but people are willing to try. 5 million, 100, thousand, and even 10 dollars...those are just some of the answers we got when we asked Ark-La-Tex residents what they'd pay for the perfect body.

Of course, losing weight and getting in shape isn't an instant fix. Just ask Orie Dias of Anytime Fitness in Bossier City. He says the gym sees a spike in membership with the beginning of the year, with 50 new members in the last month. "People are coming in for the specials that we have right now, trying to get their New Year's resolutions going underway," he said.

In 2011, Americans spent an estimated $42 billion on weight loss products, according to a Businessweek survey. Dias says some products may be helpful, but it's important to check them out before you use them. "I'm not going to say they're necessarily wasting their money, but you can't beat hard work, coming to the gym and getting it done by yourself, you can't beat that, that great feeling," he said.

So how do you separate the fake diet and health plans from the legitimate ones? There's a website to help you do that. Of course, doctors reccomend checking with a healthcare professional...before starting any new fitness plan.

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