It seems nearly everyone has a “New Year’s resolution,” but less than a quarter of these resolutions are kept.

Making lifestyle changes takes effort and support. To encourage individuals and families to stick to their resolutions, the Madison Area YMCA and YMCAs across the state have come together for the first time and agreed to hold an Open House event at their local facilities on Saturday, January 10.

The Madison Area YMCA will waive the initiation fee for new members who enroll on January 10 and they can also choose one of three gifts: $100 toward a Winter 2015 program, one Personal Training Starter Pack (3 One Hour sessions-value $100) or 5 months free unlimited Kids Central babysitting ($100 value).

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Because personal change can be difficult, it’s important to take steps to make sure you stick with a routine:

Write it down: Write down exactly what you want to accomplish… and don’t hide it away your desk drawer! Post your goals in a prominent place where you’ll view them, and remind yourself, every day. Keep a journal of your progress, so you can measure yourself and keep yourself accountable.

Get comfortable with being outside your comfort zone: If change were easy, more people succeed. Accept that change is difficult. Embrace the challenge.

Become active: Schedule into your day time for you and or your family to engage in physical activity. Walk, swim, bike on your own or take an exercise class. There is a social aspect to taking fitness classes which increases your probability for continued exercise. Whether or not your goals are fitness-related, eating properly and being physically engaged is important to a healthy lifestyle.

Don’t do it alone: Difficult changes can become almost impossible when you bear the weight alone. It’s important to enlist support. A support system not only holds you accountable, it makes things more fun. Let others help you, and you’ll not only be more likely to accomplish your goals, you’ll foster stronger relationships in your life.

Community resources like the YMCA offer seniors, families, and others a place to gather and support each other in a healthy social environment. The YMCA is a nonprofit and believes all should have the resources to achieve health and wellness. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

About the Madison Area YMCA

The Madison Area YMCA is a cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Generous donations to the Y’s Annual Fund make it possible for everyone in our community to experience the Y.

For more information on the state-wide Open House, call 973-822-9622 or visit the Madison Area YMCA’s website at