CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "January People" is a somewhat derisive term thrown around at the YMCA, and maybe other gyms, to describe the hordes of folks who show up in January to pursue their new year's resolution to finally get fit.
These People get branded "January People" because that is about as long as they last. Some make it to mid-February, but "January to Mid-February People" is a cumbersome thing to say.
I'm pretty certain the YMCA does not officially sanction the term "January People." In this day and age, it is most likely politically incorrect to refer to someone based upon the month in which they began or ceased to do something, but I've got nothing better.
The reason regulars at the Y have developed a slightly derisive term for these people is mostly because they take up all the good parking spots, use the equipment without signing up for a time slot, and ... Hmmm, it might just be those two reasons. Treadmilling on a machine for which someone else has registered is tantamount to sitting in someone else's pew, or one country claiming the moon for itself. It is not done.
The regulars do not personally dislike January People. We applaud the effort. Many of us were once January People. The thing is, January People are kind of like the "new guy" in a war movie. The old vets don't want to waste time building a personal relationship with the new guy because they know he probably won't be around very long. And because the new guy is all the time taking the good parking spot and getting on the treadmill when somebody else has signed up for it.
Here's the thing: I want you to succeed at your resolution to get fit. I also understand why it can be discouraging to try and get fit, and why so many folks give up so quickly. For more than a year now, I have been trying to develop a "six-pack" in my abs region.
Currently I'd settle for a two-pack. I am beginning to think that everybody with six-pack abs is just an illusion. They aren't real.
On the other hand, I take solace in an article I read that said everybody probably already has six-pack abs underneath their abdominal fat. So, instead of searching for abs I think I'm just going to start believing in abs the same way I believe in God. If I flex my faith really hard I can feel God. If I flex my stomach really hard, I can feel something.
Anyway, please, those considering getting fit, please come to the Y -- or any other gym. But don't give up. It takes time to shed pounds and even longer to get fit. It certainly takes more than a month.