Re-thinking resolutions: Keeping fit in 2014

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Getting it all worked out at Shelter Island Yoga and Fitness.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Getting it all worked out at Shelter Island Yoga and Fitness.

Was it really only a few weeks ago that you made that promise to get fit in 2014? How’s that working for you?

Is the newly acquired home fitness equipment now a handy clothes hanger? Did you forget that you invested in a gym membership promising yourself that the outlay of money would inspire you to use it?

Those in the fitness business want you to know it’s not too late to recommit to your New Year’s resolutions and offer a host of reasons to do so — and not just to line their pockets or provide you with a more attractive physique. It’s all about health — both physical and mental — and about socializing with others during what could otherwise be a dreary and lonely time of year on the Island.

“It’s hard to fight the urge to hibernate in the winter,” said Maggie Davis, who runs exercise classes for the Shelter Island Recreation Department at the American Legion. She sees an increase in participation in January and then it “fades out with each passing month,” Ms. Davis said. “It’s a struggle for me like everyone else. You don’t find time, you make time. Replace your bad habits with good habits.”

Exercising at home might be fine for some, but most will benefit from getting out of the house and away from distractions and interacting at a gym with other people, she added.

Suzette Smith of Shelter Island Pilates said joining an exercise program and interacting with others “helps you keep the blues away,” SIP has a lot of small group classes where friends join together and motivate one another. And for those who prefer private sessions, that’s available too.

“Pilates is very personal and I create a relationship with my clients,” Ms. Smith said. If you start a program with her, don’t be surprised to get a telephone call if you don’t show up for a session.

Those enrolled at SIP run the gamut in age and ability. Ms. Smith’s oldest client is 87 and has been doing pilates for 14 years.

To get people started, Julie Bliss at

offers single day passes. You don’t have to sign up for a year’s membership, she said. What’s nice about the day passes for some is that when the weather allows, they may prefer outdoor exercise. But when it’s icy and they can’t get out and walk or run, instead of taking the day off, they can move inside for yoga or other fitness activities. Ms. Bliss also has Zumba classes, spinning and strength training.

And for those who want it, appointments can be set up with a personal trainer.

To keep some motivated, there’s a two-month challenge program that requires participants to come to the center at least twice a week and to take a minimum of 10 fitness classes over a two-month period. If they meet the challenge, they’ll be given a two-month extension without further charge.

This year, Ms. Bliss saw a surge in participation between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. She speculates it might have been the result of those who thought they would be eating more and wanted to avoid weight gain.

As for January, there’s been the usual uptick in participation and it’s “not just the gym rats,” but others who come in with personal goals, she said.

At a time when a lot of organized activities are unavailable on Shelter Island, Ms Bliss’s customers tell her they’re grateful there’s a place to socialize and do something positive for themselves.

At the town FIT Center, Garth Griffin reports two annual seasons when activity picks up. In January, right after the New Year’s resolutions have been made, Mr. Griffin sees people coming in five days a week. Then activity at the gym slacks off. But with the first sign of warm weather and visions of bathing suits time, it’s like a second New Year’s resolution, Mr. Griffin said. That’s especially true for women.

The FIT Center program has a wide scope of activities with all a variety exercise equipment.

Jean Lawless, who teaches yoga groups at the town’s Senior Activity Center, said she doesn’t experience the seasonal swings as much as some of the others do. On Wednesdays, Ms. Lawless has pretty much the same group who come to the Silver Circle Social Club that includes yoga sessions, lunch and companionship. But even the Monday and Friday morning yoga groups tend to attract a steady group of participants, Ms. Lawless said.

“Anybody who does any kind of physical exercise, it’s going to help you mentally,” she said about the importance of getting up off the couch.

28 Comment

  • Good blog post. I certainly love this website. Thanks!

  • Excellent post! We will be linking to this particularly great content on our
    site. Keep up the great writing.

  • Thanks for sharing such a good thinking, piece of writing is
    fastidious, thats why i have read it completely

  • Good day! I could have sworn I’ve visited
    this web site before but after going through some of the posts I realized it’s new to me.

    Anyways, I’m certainly delighted I discovered it and I’ll
    be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

  • I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I am now not certain whether or not this submit is written via him as nobody else recognize such precise approximately my difficulty.
    You’re amazing! Thank you!

  • This page really has all of the information I needed
    concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  • Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google,
    and found that it is truly informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels.

    I’ll appreciate if you continue this in future. Many people will be benefited from your writing.

  • Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your content
    seem to be running off the screen in Firefox. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.
    The design look great though! Hope you get the problem fixed soon.


  • Aw, this was an extremely good post. Taking a few minutes
    and actual effort to produce a great article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot and
    never seem to get anything done.

  • Howdy! I simply wish to give you a big thumbs up for your great info you have got right here
    on this post. I will be returning to your
    web site for more soon.

  • Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of thi website.

    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s tough to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability annd appearance.
    I must say that you’ve done a amazing job with
    this. Also, the blog oads extremely quick for me on Firefox.

    Supeeb Blog!

  • I used to be able to find good info from your content.

  • Hi, i feel that i saw you visited my website thus i came to go back the favor?.I am trying to find issues to
    improve my web site!I guess its good enough to make use of some
    of your ideas!!

  • Hello i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read this article
    i thought i could also make comment due to this good piece of writing.

  • Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I find It
    truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give
    something back and help others like you aided me.

  • I believe that is among the so much important information for me.
    And i am happy studying your article. But should observation on few general
    issues, The site taste is perfect, the articles is in reality nice : D.
    Just right task, cheers

  • Definitely consider that which you said. Your favourite justification seemed to be on the internet the easiest
    factor to bear in mind of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed at the same time
    as other people consider worries that they plainly don’t realize about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top as smartly as
    defined out the entire thing without having side-effects , folks can take
    a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thank you

  • It’s going to be end of mine day, except before finish I am reading this enormous paragraph to
    increase my knowledge.

  • Hi, just wanted to tell you, I loved this article. It was inspiring.
    Keep on posting!

  • Hi there everyone, it’s my first go to see at this web site, and piece of writing
    is truly fruitful for me, keep up posting these content.

  • Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular
    article! It’s the little changes that produce the biggest
    changes. Thanks for sharing!

  • I am sure this piece of writing has touched all the internet visitors, its really really fastidious piece of
    writing on building up new weblog.

  • I tend not to drop a bunch of remarks, however i did a
    few searching and wound up here Re-thinking resolutions: Keeping fit
    in 2014 | Shelter Island Reporter. And I actually do have a couple of questions for you if it’s allright.
    Is it only me or does it look like some of these responses appear like
    they are written by brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting at other online sites, I’d
    like to follow everything new you have to post.
    Would you make a list of all of all your community pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  • Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!
    It’s the little changes which will make the largest changes.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

  • I blog often and I truly thank you for your information.
    This great article has truly peaked my interest. I am going to bookmark your blog and keep
    checking for new information about once a week.
    I opted in for your RSS feed too.

  • Undeniably imagine that which you said. Your favorite
    justification appeared to be on the internet the simplest factor to take into account of.
    I say to you, I certainly get irked at the same time as other
    people think about issues that they plainly do not recognize about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top as neatly as outlined out the whole
    thing with no need side-effects , other people could take a signal.
    Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  • Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I
    find It really useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like
    you aided me.

  • Good answers in return of this difficulty with real
    arguments and telling the whole thing about that.