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Sinclair Cares: The Fit Family

Sinclair Cares: The Fit Family

It's a new year, and that means many people have their sights set on getting healthy and in shape for 2018, but the truth is statistics show only 30 percent of people follow through with their fitness resolution over a 12-month period.

Working in partnership with our parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, we want to keep you informed about important health matters.

Pushing yourself to start a workout program and stick with it can seem overwhelming for a lot of Americans, but Connie Wilkerson tells us the key for her was making it not a personal priority, but a family one.

"My husband and I had different things that we did, but nothing together, and this was something that we could come and do together," Wilkerson said. "My son comes now, and my husband's aunt has actually joined us as well."

At least four days a week you can find three generations of the Wilkerson family working out together.

"I probably wouldn't have kept coming if it hadn't been for the two of us doing it together," said George Wilkerson, Connie's husband.

Gym owner and personal trainer Jeff Lawrence said every year he sees people join his gym in January and disappear by March, but when families join together, he says the memberships are renewed year after year.

"I probably wouldn't do it otherwise, it's so much fun because I enjoy being here with them," said Linda Jones, Connie's aunt. |

The Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University surveyed married couples who joined health clubs together, and found that couples who worked out separately had a 43 percent dropout rate over the course of a year.

Those who went to the gym together had only a 6.3 percent dropout rate

And there's good news: many health and fitness clubs offer family discounts as promotions for the new year.

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