COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Each New Year brings us the chance to make new resolutions that will hopefully bring wealth, health and happiness in the next 12 months. This year, Columbus residents are setting the bar high.
"Quit smoking, I'm just going to throw them away," says Columbus resident Mike Chavaree.
"My New Year resolution is to better my Japanese and I actually just bought Rosetta Stone for Japanese," says Kailex Pipkins.
And the most popular?
"Try to get in shape, eat better," explains Columbus resident Harry Jaynes.
The challenge is always sticking to your new goal. According to Forbes Magazine, only eight percent of people stick to their resolutions.
Health experts at Max Fitness on Veterans Parkway say this is their busiest time of year.
"Craziness, with all of the New Year's resolutions especially when January hits they all come in force," says Michael Martin of Max Fitness.
Hours into 2015, people were already sweating it out.
"On the first, I'm here! It is the first step," says Jaynes.
However, officials say come February the crowds will die out. Their advice is to get some help.
"Get with one of our trainers and just stick with it. It is the best thing I can tell you. Some people when they stop it's because they don't know where to go from there. Get a trainer," says Martin.
Also, make it a habit. To meet the guidelines for aerobic activity, basically anything counts as long as it's done at a moderate or vigorous intensity for at least 10 minutes at a time.
"Be consistent. It's hard when you don't see results at first, but when you start to see them it motivates you," says Bayse Bouren of Max Fitness.
Besides looking good and putting you in a better mood, regular exercise also helps combats health conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease.
"I love being in shape, its great feeling," says Bouren, "Hard work is all it takes."