Resolutions Benefit Who?

By KBJR News 1

December 30, 2011 Updated Dec 30, 2011 at 6:13 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter) -- Only a few more days until the year comes to a close and 2012 opens it's doors. While people are flirting with promises for the New Year, they aren't the only ones to benefit from their resolutions.

Whether it's getting your finances in order or kicking some bad habits, New Year's resolutions are designed to help you shape up your act.
But who else benefits from the promises you make to yourself in the New Year?

"January through February we're going to hit, we're starting to get busy this week. We've been busy as far as memberships and as far as more of our members who haven't been working out, they're coming back now to work out. New Year's resolutions."

Kristie North manages the Anytime Fitness in Superior and says your resolutions make her profits climb.

Now of course when you finally get that gym membership you're going to need the proper attire, which of coarse is a good pair of shoes.

"We see a lot more shoe sales at this point in time and that will kind of taper off a little bit through February and it actually increases in March. But we definitely see a lot of shoe sales a lot of apparel questions and apparel advice."

Advice on training regiments bring many shoppers through the doors of the Duluth Running Co. However, they don't specialize in healthy eating, which goes hand in hand with getting fit after the holiday calories. Enter Shannon Szymkowiak (Shim-co-vee-ack), Promotions and Education Manager at the Food Coop in Duluth.

"We get questions about how to prepare foods that perhaps people normally don't prepare. That I think is really a great benefit all year round because even if that resolution falls a little bit short at the beginning of the year, people remember those lessons and they remember how to fix things that maybe they normally don't and they might give a try a little later in the year."

Szymkowiak's biggest piece of advice might help those who slack off from time to time.

"Don't stop trying. You can do it again today if you didn't do it yesterday."

Forbes magazine reports Forty-four percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions each year. They say the number one reason for New Year's resolutions is to increase happiness.

Jordan Weinand