Record gym user levels this New Year in Calderdale

Getting fit in the New Year at Brighouse Pool and Fitness Centre with Matthew Brooks and fitness instructor Ben Nicholson.
Getting fit in the New Year at Brighouse Pool and Fitness Centre with Matthew Brooks and fitness instructor Ben Nicholson.

Calderdale’s gyms are almost at capacity this New Year as people start to work off that extra holiday weight.

Fitness centres traditionally see a rise in members in January as New Year’s resolutions come in effect - and 2013 has seen the number of members at Calderdale’s five council run gyms reach 8,500 - the highest it has ever been.

Getting fit in the New Year at Brighouse Pool and Fitness Centre with fitness instructor Ben Nicholson.

Getting fit in the New Year at Brighouse Pool and Fitness Centre with fitness instructor Ben Nicholson.

The newest centres, at Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge, are now almost at capacity, just over two years after the huge investment in the state-of-art facilities.

Matt Brooks, Calderdale’s fitness manager, said he was delighted that the New Year influx had set a new record.

“We’ve never had this many people signed up to our active lifestyle membership,” he said.

“I think it’s partly down to such a great year of sport last year, coupled with people who have made resolutions to lose a bit of weight.

“We would normally expect the second week of January to be the busiest, and all of our induction classes are fully booked already.”

Top tips for sticking with the gym

Signing up for the gym is done with the best intentions - but it’s easy to let it slide after a few weeks of pounding the treadmil.

So, with that in mind, here are some top tips provided by Matt for sticking with the gym.

1. Set yourself realistic targets in the short, medium and long term. Incremental goals work.

2. Make three commitments you will stick to - whether that be to take your gym kit to work so you can go straight to the gym afterwards, or to drink more water etc.

3. Visual reminders. Leave notes around your work place to remind you of the commitments you have made, which will help you to stick with them.

4. Start a nutrional plan around your excersise. Planning what you will eat will help improve results and make you feel better about your workout.

5. Vary your routine. Doing the same thing can become boring but by starting a new class or having a swim instead of a run, you’ll keep that motivation.