Make your resolution count
MANY Lockyer Valley residents are trying to fight the flab after the Christmas break.
After indulging in ham, turkey, cookies, cakes and other goodies, too much of everything can expand the waistline dramatically.
So if your New Year's resolution does make it past the first week, what better way to faithfully follow your healthy and fit pledge in 2011 than hitting the gym?
Laidley Gym and Sports Centre manager, Brock Watson, said he had received a flood of new members in the past weeks who are gung-ho to drop the pounds.
“We were shut for a week and reopened on Monday and we have pretty good numbers,” he said.
Although the gym didn't go underwater he said it was probably the only place in the area that didn't receive significant damage.
Mr Watson said business is starting to pick up again as regulars get back into the swing of things.
“By mid-afternoon it goes crazy and we have already signed up a few new members,” he said.
“You see the same faces turn up for a week at the start of each year.
“Most of that usually happens when people return from holidays and get back into school.”
He said a number of people come in to the gym for many reasons.
“The majority of women come into to lose weight and the guys tend to come in for sport and athletic reason,” he said.
“Women have a tendency to stick to cardio and men like to pump the weights.
“People come in meaning well regardless of the motivation and we are starting to build up a good clientele base after three years.
“Generally in the mornings we have ages a lot older from 20 to 75 years, then in afternoons it is cricket, football training and people that finish work.”
Mr Watson said circuit training caters for all-round toning and weight-loss and it all comes down to each individual.
More grunts and activity on the equipment usually shows they are run off their feet and next week activity at the gym is expected to, in Mr Watson's words, “go nuts”.