Permian Basin Residents Already Sweating the New Year

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA--Next to summertime slim down, post-Christmas is when people start heading for the gym.   Especially since for the last few weeks, they've done everything but work out.

"Of course there's going to be guilt from the holiday ham, the turkey and the pecan pie.  Now, come January, it's the time of the season to get back into the gym again," Steven Talbot, Assistant Director for the YMCA in Odessa, said.

Many people set their weight loss goals too high and end up frustrated when they don't see immediate results.  Talbot explains, "They want to lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks.  When that doesn't happen, the dropout cycle begins, where they don't think the exercise is working for them, it's too hard, the results aren't coming fast enough.

That's where a trainer comes in handy.   They're around to make sure you get the most out of your workout.  Hilario Jasso is one of four trainers at the Odessa YMCA.  "We just look forward to them coming up to us and asking us for help.  Honestly, they do a good job, the people that come in here.  Most of them are pretty serious about it."

But why do so many people wait until after the holidays to worry about getting in shape? 

According to Jasso, "I think they've got to start somewhere and just like during the week, it's better to start something on Monday than the middle of the week. I think that's they way it is with the year too.  They would rather get started right at the beginning."

Getting in shape at the start of the year is important for adults as well as kids.  Here at the YMCA in Odessa, they have special equipment designed just for them.  "It's a 12 station hydraulic system for kids specifically.  It's like adult equipment, it's just in miniature size," Talbot explained.

The things to remember to succeed at on your weight loss resolution are set reasonable goals, don't get frustrated when you don't see immediate results and keep working at it.   The end results could be more than you're hoping for.