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Gyms get a major influx of memberships in January, but they typically tend to dwindle as the year goes by. Leslie Widdick, executive director of the Pittston YMCA, said the gym already has about 40 new memberships this year including individuals and families. Leslie Widdick, executive director of the Greater Pittston YMCA, Brandon Hamptom, family and youth director, Jenny Borton, assistant family and youth director cv13ymcap8 Warren Ruda / The Citizens’ Voice

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Gyms get a major influx of memberships in January, but they typically tend to dwindle as the year goes by. Leslie Widdick, executive director of the Pittston YMCA, said the gym already has about 40 new memberships this year including individuals and families. Mary Elllen Dowse, Exeter, on treadmill at the Pittston YMCA cv13ymcap6 Warren Ruda / The Citizens’ Voice

Each year, most New Year’s resolution lists include losing a couple pounds and heading to the gym, but it’s never easy to maintain. In Pittston, there are several gyms such as the Greater Pittston YMCA and Planet Fitness that dedicate their time to help you achieve your goal as the new year stretches into its second month.

It can be intimidating to begin a new health and fitness regimen, as many may have the same concerns: Which diet should I consider? What exercise routine works best for me? And, a few weeks into the new year, the biggest question — am I motivated to keep going?

During this time of year, plenty of folks from Pittston are keeping true to their fitness goals.

“Every January and February, there’s an influx of people coming in and signing up for a new membership,” said Leslie Widdick, CEO of the Greater Pittston YMCA. “We’re up to about 50 new memberships that are including family memberships, which could have multiple people on it and single memberships as well.”

During January, the YMCA ran a program called No Joiner Fee January to attract new members. The Y also recently introduced its new wellness center and is offering a free session with a personal trainer to show off the new equipment. If you are interested in joining, stop by the YMCA at 10 N. Main St., Pittston, and fill out a membership application.

“They can use the full facility, whether it is the pool, basketball court, wellness center, take aerobic classes, anything like that is all covered,” said Widdick.

The YMCA has different membership rates for each family member. For children 12 and under, the price is an annual fee of $100 with no monthly option available. Children 12-17 years old have an annual fee of $228 or $19 per month. For adults, 18-61 years old, the cost is $396 annually or $33 per month. Active elders that are 62 and older pay $300 annually or $25 per month. Small families, which include either a couple or a single parent and a child, cost $408 annually or $40 per month. Families pay $708 annually or $59 per month. Before joining there is a $20 joiner fee for each membership. For information about the Greater Pittston YMCA visit or call 570-655-2255

Planet Fitness, also has seen a positive response since the start of the new year.

“It’s been another successful start to the new year, a lot of returning faces and new faces joining our Planet,” said Cody Michaels, regional manager of the Pittston Planet Fitness. “For us, fitness and health is a big New Year’s resolution. We want to let the community know we are here to help and continue their goals from 2018 into 2019.”

Exercising is not the only method you should consider when trying to loose weight or start a more healthy lifestyle. Watching food consumption also is important.

When it comes to dieting, according to Lucas Jurchak, a personal trainer at the Greater Pittston YMCA, it’s about putting the right things in your body.

“Dieting is more important, 100 percent. I base it off the 90-10 rule where 90 percent is dieting, and 10 percent is exercising,” Jurchak said. “It does take some time. If you are determined to reach your goal, you have to be on the diet pretty well, count your calories and proteins and make sure you hit a certain amount every day,” he said.

“It gets tedious at times, and that’s something people should look into. It is not an easy thing to accomplish. If it was, everybody would do it. If you’re going to get into it, you just gotta expect to do the work,” Jurchak added.

Typically, fitness resolutions last for a month or two, according to Jurchak. Most people give up due to a lack of time and a lack of motivation. Jurchak said a personal trainer will keep you motivated to meet your fitness goals long after others have tired of their resolutions.

He explained proper scheduling and time management is a key to success.

“Make sure you have time to go to the gym. Make sure you make time to have a proper meal, instead of stopping at a fast food place. Make sure your schedule adapts to what you’re trying to do,” said Jurchak.

Several fitness bands and apps can help, as well. For Apple users, the Apple Watch, supported by hundreds of third-party developers, is dedicated to keeping track of your health and fitness goals. However, there also is the Fitbit Watch that counts your steps and sets a goal for you every day.

For those unable to purchase the latest and greatest gadgets, MyFitnessPal will count your calories and weight loss and SmartGym will track your exercise history and routine.