New Year's resolutions are made with good intentions, but sometimes it's hard to stick with them - especially if you are alone.
The ViSalus company, a weight management and wellness company, is stepping up to the plate to get the world moving and kick off those New Year's resolutions with a world record challenge for the World's Largest Simultaneous Group Workout on Jan. 3.
The event asks everyone to participate in a group exercise at noon and will include thousands of locations across 11 countries. The Savannah area will host several free events.
According to local Lynn Edmonds, regional director for ViSalus, the group support offered at these events is instrumental in maintaining long-term fitness and weight-loss goals.
"I lost 100 pounds basically from group fitness," Edmonds says. "There is a lot of support that comes from a group."
She adds that participants don't have to use any of the ViSalus nutritional products at these free workout events, but samples will be offered and the company is donating 30 meal replacement shakes for every person who attends.
The meals are donated through the PROJECT 10 Kids to help a child on the road to better nutrition.
The local charity paired with the Savannah events is Childhood Obesity Prevention and Education, and participants are asked to sign in at each event in order for the meals to be properly credited to the local children's charity.
Edmonds helped organize the event at Forsyth Park, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Jan. 3. She says the event will feature a mix of total body fitness and Zumba classes from instructors at the YMCA on Habersham Street. ViSalus will also offer free product samples and a list of future group workouts will be available, so it's not just a one-time workout opportunity.
"It's a free workout, so why not come out and try it?" Edmonds adds. "It will be something for all ages and all fitness levels."
Kristi Como, owner of local business NonStop Fitness, is also lending a hand to organize a group workout at Lake Mayer from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 3.
The event will feature kickball, Zumba, Butts and Guts, running, boot camp and more.
"We are just trying to get people active and fit," she says. "There are so many weight-loss products on the market, but it's about getting healthy, and ultimately you have to get up and get active."
She says NonStop Fitness will also be handing out free three-day passes and there will be recharge stations stocked with refreshments.
"Just come as you are," she says. "There is nothing to buy, there's no presentation ... it's just a chance to come out and work out with us. It's a chance to break a world record ... and donate meals back to kids in need."
For more information on the World's Largest Simultaneous Group Workout or to find a group near you, go to www.worldslargestchallengeparty.com.