Gyms have never been busier as people stick to their resolutions

Ann Louise Doherty runs a keepfit class at  DW Fitness, Charrlestown Road, Halifax.
Ann Louise Doherty runs a keepfit class at DW Fitness, Charrlestown Road, Halifax.
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GYMS across Calderdale have never been busier with hundreds trying to banish their post-Christmas bloat.

It’s that time of year when people make a new year’s resolution to get fit and try to burn off any festive excesses.

Ben Porter, duty manager at DW Fitness in Halifax, said new year is the centre’s busiest time.

He said: “At the minute we have an influx of people who have made new year’s resolutions.

“We’re pretty much busy here most of the day. It’s above average.

“Everything is popular - group exercise does well and the gym.”

He said the Latin dance workout Zumba was one of the most popular activities.

“Zumba seems to be the craze, and we’ve got full classes. But we’ve got quite a high useage in all our classes.”

He added: “Up until December it’s quite quiet and new year is the busiest. It tends to drop off March time.”

He said it picks up again towards the summer when people start thinking about their holiday beach bodies.

Last year, a survey found Britons waste £37m a year on gym memberships, exercise and slimming classes they never attend.

The study found January get-fit binges and unworn gym gear contributes to the figure.

Seventy-seven per cent of adults confessed to wasting ‘a lot’ of money on gyms - with one in 20 admitting squandering as much as £500 in a year.