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Working off the holiday sweets and treats

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Ashley Jeffrey and Daniel Hamilton bike past the two-mile point on stationary bicycles Thursday night at the Clay County YMCA. Melinda Quasius Photo.
A little gingerbread here, a little eggnog there, and before you realize it, the holidays have added another inch to your waistline.

No wonder the United States government's website lists losing weight as its top New Year Resolution.

In Clay County, there are several places looking forward to helping the public start the New Year in a healthy way.

Fun Time Scuba, Inc., 551 E. National Ave., Brazil, offers a pool membership and athletic equipment to provide a low-impact workout.

Owner Jim Frederick said Fun Time Scuba is focusing on keeping the 50 and older crowd healthy.

"They get pushed out of other fitness centers," Frederick said.

Some of the water activities offered at Fun Time Scuba include aerobics, lap swimming and a hydraulic circuit workout.

Frederick said he currently has 30 people signed up for the monthly membership, and is expecting an increase in 2008.

"We've got a lot of responses so far," he said.

Fun Time Scuba is also offering a January deal where members' spouses swim for free.

The Clay County YMCA also sees membership spike immediately after the New Year.

Chief Executive Officer Chad Zaucha has been with the YMCA for three years, and estimates between 100-200 new people will join "the Y" from January until mid-February.

Zaucha said the facility sees an influx of people for six to eight weeks.

"It dies down around spring break, but for those few weeks we're very busy," Zaucha said.

New members may mean longer lines at the front counter, but employees try to orient joiners to the facilities and programs as soon as possible.

The YMCA offers a cardio and weight room for individual workouts, and several different group programs, like Tai-Chi.

Zaucha suggests having an exercise partner for motivational help.

"Having a support network makes it easier," Zaucha said.

Additionally, the state is also taking an interest in those who want to shed the holiday pounds.

Beginning Jan. 7, the INShape Indiana 10 in 10 Challenge will encourage Hoosiers to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks.

The program focuses on nutrition and activity in the workplace. Weekly tips will be e-mailed to those who sign up on the INShape website, www.in.gov/inshape.

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