As soon as the New Year hangover abates and the heavy brunch tides us over, comes the time for setting goals. We are talking those of the fitness variety which top the list of a majority of population. No sooner does the fog of the winter clear away and the layers peel off, people suddenly come face-to-face with the sudden pudginess which was obscured by that comfy cardigan/jacket. And so, the search list begins for that friendly neighbourhood gym which promises to bring out your sexy self hidden beneath the effects of countless Christmas puddings and copious booze jiggling around you. World over, it’s the same story and it’s no different in mana Hyderabad. With gyms popping up around every second block, membership figures get a great boost after that big party heralding the New Year. Innovator Shravan Gattu renews his gym membership like clockwork every year, but sets foot in the gym only on rare occasions. “Every year, it’s the same situation; I pay gym fees and make a goal that I will work out religiously. But, I never go. I bought a cycling bike also thinking I will sweat it out in a fun way, but now it’s like wall decoration in my room gathering dust,” says Shravan flippantly. But, he is very keen on sticking to his goals as he plans to get hitched this year and wants to look fit for his big day.
Gym trainers like Ajay Singh who works at Lift gym in Trimulgherry is used to the sudden crowd, which spikes come January and peters down as the weeks go by. “It’s usually the youngsters and homemakers who will make it a point to come and exercise in the first two to three weeks. The moment exam time rolls around and job schedules begin to affect their workout time, the numbers reduce. It’s a see-saw of figures literally,” says Ajay who is no longer bemused by the trend.
Popular on the fitness circuit Parkour instructor Abhinav Kumar is also of the opinion that if you pick something interesting, you are bound to stick to it longer. “If you pick something that you really enjoy, you will want to do it again. Where you go to work out also plays into that, if the gym or fitness centre is too far, you might feel more lazy to make the effort after a while. So make a practical choice and see the difference,” advises Abhinav.