OGDEN -- In the past week, it's likely most of us have put off making New Year's resolutions, preferring to scarf down holiday treats and to play with new gifts.
But a few hardy souls went to the gym, honoring fitness resolutions they made months, years or decades ago.
Where do some find the discipline to work out when everyone around them is dawdling? And with more of us ready to consider resolutions, what can we learn from people have that elusive discipline thing mastered?
We posed those questions to citizen athletes we discovered late last week as they were working out at Weber State's Swenson gymnasium.
* Joe Burton, 22, of South Ogden, studies business administration at WSU.
"For me, what motivates me is having an end goal," Burton said. "My end goal is skiing. I work out at the gym, and I also do biking for leg strength and balance. Working hard for something you love makes it easier."
His advice to others?
"Working out with a buddy makes you accountable to someone," Burton said. "Mine would be mad if I didn't show up. I'd also tell people to start small, maybe 15 minutes a couple times a week, and when it gets easy, move it up to 25 minutes. And remember, people who have done this for years probably started small."
* Darnel Haney, 76, Washington Terrace, is a former USU football and basketball player, and a retired WSU administrator. He volunteers for groups focused on helping senior citizens be active.
"When you get older, you've got to keep the calories down, and stay fit," Haney said. "Our lives are so much better if we keep moving instead of just watching TV. Too many people think they can't do it. They sit and vegetate.
"I'm not a morning person, but exercise makes my day brighter. Just take one step at a time. You don't have to run a mile, you can walk 20 minutes. I do the best I can for me. Just do the best you can for you."
Haney works out with his wife.
"Find a friend," he advised. "If you can get a friend to go to a movie, why not go find one for the gym? Exercises keeps your mind and body active. It keeps you young."
* Marie Haney, 77, lives with husband Darnel in Washington Terrace.
"I graduated from Weber State at 46," she said. "After that, I started out jogging to lose a few pounds, and have been running and working out since then," she said. "Working out in the gym is not that exciting, but I've run in marathons that were fun. It helps your muscles, which start to go when you're older. It helps with balance, and lessens the chance of falls."
Marie Haney's advice to resolution newbies?
"Ease into it, then add new goals as you achieve old goals," she said. "If you miss a week, just come back and keep working. Don't let a bad week keep you from your goal."
* Brett Beutler, a 22-year-old Ogden resident, studies pre-nursing at Weber State.
"When I work out in the morning it sets me on track for success for the rest of the day," Beutler said. "When you get your blood going, you feel great, not sluggish. Some people drink coffee in the morning. This is my way to wake up."
Beutler suggests setting fitness goals for the right reason.
"Never do it for anybody but yourself," he said. "If you do it for other people you will burn out faster. And don't get discouraged. It may seem like it takes a while to see progress, but it you hit it hard and eat right, it will come."
* Kristi Russell, 22, of Bountiful, studies microbiology at Weber State.
"I work out so I can buy cute clothes," she said. "That's my whole reason, although I do definitely have more energy if I work out. I love the rush of endorphins. Exercise makes life better. I have no health problems and I don't get winded easily. It makes me happier."
Russell motivates herself by buying outfits in a smaller size.
"I would tell people that everyone overshoots the first day," she said. "Set small goals for yourself so you don't get burned out."
* Chelsea Haughton, of Ogden, is a WSU English major.
"I exercise, but I eat cookies as well," said Haughton, 24. "I grew up working out. It's important to keep a healthy lifestyle even when its not convenient. I also snowboard, wakeboard, and do archery. Don't feel limited because I am strong.
"Working out hurts," she said. "That's how you know it's working. If you don't want to quit the whole time you are not doing it right."
Haughton does not recommend New Year's resolutions.
"I don't make them because I get too discouraged," she said. "I do set broader goals. Instead of saying 'I'm going to lose 30 pounds,' I say 'I want to get healthy.' Take small steps. It is not hard to pick a salad over a hamburger. Anyone can do that. Set a goal you can reach, then set another one. You don't have to set all your goals at once."
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