The Secret to Sticking to a New Workout: Get a Partner

We are surrounded by messages that tell us how important it is to get regular exercise. With the best of intentions, many of us begin exercising, but soon find our commitment to the program difficult to maintain.
The secret to sticking to a new workout routine may be working out with a partner. But not any partner will do – your spouse is the best partner.

According to research done by the Indiana University Department of Kinesiology, spouses who work out with their partner have a dropout rate of only 6.3 percent. However, spouses who work out alone have a dropout rate of more than 43 percent.

There is no better place to start working out together than at the Jewish Community Center. Whether you like to swim or jog, dance or work out with weights, join aerobics, pilates or Zumba classes, play racquetball, basketball or softball, the JCC has something for you.

Newly restructured membership categories make it easier and more affordable than ever. Couples can join together for reduced rates; and there are even special rates for couples and families under 30.

“With families changing, we want to make sure we have all the options covered,” says Suzy Renfrow, membership director at the JCC. “These new plans will allow more people to be able to get the most out of their memberships.”

If you are not in a relationship, you can realize many of the same benefits by working out with a friend. For you, the JCC has individual and single parent membership categories.

Your JCC membership lets you choose from close to 100 free group fitness classes every week, including several new classes this summer.

Right now, more than 100 members each week enjoy Zumba in the Aerobics room. Starting Monday, June 4, the JCC will take the Latin dance workout outside and into the pool. Aqua Zumba will be held Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m.

Beginning on Wednesday, May 30, the JCC will introduce a new finning class. Using aquatic fins, this lower body and core workout will make use of the entire indoor pool on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.

Not ready to commit to a full annual JCC membership? Give it a try with a summer membership. A family membership costs $450 and a single membership is $350. Summer members enjoy full access to the four JCC pools and the entire fitness facility from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

For more information about full or summer membership, contact membership director Renfrow at 238-2791 or

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