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How to Stick to Fitness Resolutions

IPFW Basketball/volleyball court located in the Hillard Gates Sports Center.

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IPFW Basketball/volleyball court located in the Hillard Gates Sports Center.
Written by: Communicator StaffJanuary 20, 2017

Many Mastodons have new goals they are pursuing as they return to campus for the spring semester and welcome in the new year.

These resolutions range from trying harder in school to spending more time with family.

Over 40 percent of Americans create new year’s resolutions, according to data collected by Statistic Brain, a site that compiles academic data on various subjects.

“My resolution is to stop drinking soda,” said Keller O’Leary, a sophomore majoring in English. “It is affecting my health, so I have started drinking a lot of tea and water.

Almost half of those resolutions are related to health and wellness, but only about 10 percent of those succeed each year, according to Statistic Brain’s Jan. 1 study.

Gerica Murphy, a freshman nursing student, said her family makes New Year’s resolutions every year, but doesn’t usually meet them.

She made a goal to lose weight this year but does not think her success this year will be any different.

“I am just not motivated,” Murphy said.

Sophomore nursing student Alexis Graber said she has made resolutions in the past but not kept them.

“Slowly after time, I started slacking off as I got busier,” Graber said.

Other students said they don’t even try to make resolutions because they have watched many others fail.

IPFW offers numerous resources to help students reach their goals.

All students have an Athletics Center membership, which is paid for through their student service fees.

The Athletic Center is located in the Gates Sports Center and is open seven days a week. Hours are Mon.-Thurs. 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The 173,000-square- foot, tri-level facility contains a fieldhouse with track, basketball/volleyball courts, a second-floor track, racquetball/handball courts, and strength training and cardiovascular conditioning areas.

A virtual tour of the Athletics Center fitness areas can be found at ipfw.edu/fitness/.

IPFW also has four personal fitness trainers, who can assist students in achieving their fitness goals.

Judy Tillapaugh, IPFW’s wellness/fitness coordinator, said the trainers aim to help individuals create a customized fitness plan that is enjoyable and results in a healthy lifestyle.

Every Athletics Center member is able to have one no-charge session with an IPFW personal fitness trainer.

The cost for additional sessions is one session for $30, three sessions for $85 or 12 sessions for $320.

For nutritional guidance, Tillapaugh herself is a registered dietitian who is available to meet with students by appointment.

Handouts, brochures and the “College Cookbook” are dietary resources located in the Athletics Center.

Intramural fitness is another opportunity for students to achieve their fitness goals.

The program offers both individual and team sports ranging from sand volleyball to ping pong.

All participants must register at www.imleagues.com/IPFW/Registration, but there is no cost to play.

The IPFW Intramural program offers weekly fitness classes in the Athletics Center, including Zumba, TurboKick, yoga, Piyo, Pilates and intervals with step.

Classes begin Jan. 17 and end April 26. The complete class schedule can be found at https://www.ipfw.edu/offices/intramurals/intramural-fitness/.

IPFW is a place where people can personally have their fitness goals met, according to Tillapaugh.

“Students should use the opportunities to feel good and feel energized,” Tillapaugh said.

More information about IPFW’s fitness resources, interested students can visit the Athletics Center service desk or call 260-481-6655.