KAMLOOPS — Making new year resolutions are one thing, sticking with them is another.
The most common resolutions often include loosing weight or quitting a bad habit like smoking.
But apparently it's never been easier to butt out or meet your fitness goals.
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Carla Young is the Director of Health and Fitness at the Kamloops YMCA.
“We see an increase in memberships as well as people who already have memberships that are renewing their commitment to the y. So definitely there's an influx. It's a busy time!
Unfortunately in about a months time the numbers will start to dwindle.
That's why the public is encouraged to make attainable goals and stay active on a daily basis.
“That's what we try to instill. not just coming and weight loss and diet, but more just making fitness and being active apart of your daily routine,” says Young.
And while fitness is strongly encouraged what you consume is what really makes all the difference.
“If you only have half an hour an hour to spend it on your health spend it in the kitchen or spend it outside of the gym and making healthy choices because that will effect your overall results so much more than the half hour you're going to spend in here.”
Missagh Manshadi is the owner and pharmacist at Manshadi Pharmacy and says it has never been easier to quit smoking in B.C. than in 2016.
And that's because the province no longer requires smokers to join a cessation program.
As of January first, smokers just need to sign up at any pharmacy to gain access to free nicotine replacement products.
The effectiveness however depends on how mentally prepared you are.
Manshadi says it usually takes at least 6 to 7 times before someone fully kicks the habit but the health benefits are worth it.
“Smoking can cause a lot of health problems, heart disease, strokes, gum disease, decrease in bone density and it robs your body of vitamins and antioxidants.
And to maintain and achieve your physical goals, consistency is key.
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