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Two local fitness centers are offering programs to help folks reach their health and wellness goals in 2017.

Sports Village Fitness will kick-off "Lean in Lebanon" at the end of January. Lean in Lebanon was coined in 2013 as a monthlong program to revamp the lifestyles of 100 individuals in the community.

"Taking the first step is hard," said Sports Village founder and owner Peggy Keel. "It is hard to establish a routine, so it is important to find something that you enjoy doing. If you find what you enjoy then you are more likely to stick with it."

For instance, Keel, who was Lebanon's first aerobics instructor, stays in shape by dancing. She teaches a Dance it Off class several times a week.

"I know what I will do. I enjoy dancing," she said.

An important component of Lean in Lebanon is education, said trainer Will Taylor.

"We want to encourage people to get up and get moving and to find their motivating factor. Fitness isn't just the weight room or the treadmill. Fitness has a different meaning for everybody," Taylor explained. "For that person who is in their twenties, they may be training for a fitness competition. For that person who is a grandmother, its being able to move around and play with their grandchildren."

Participants are broken into groups and assigned to a personal trainer at Sports Village who will help them develop a healthy lifestyle plan.

"This is a group of peers who will hold you accountable," added General Manger Jan Rubins. "Everyone is in the same boat. It's fun."

Participants must need to lose a minimum of 10 pounds and be able to commit to a minimum of two one-hour sessions per week.

The Jimmy Floyd Family Center is promoting their "Skinny at the Jimmy" initiative, as well.

Wellness Manager Marci Davis explained that this year the goal is to earn 567 miles in 21 weeks.

"Our program is designed to keep people going longer than four weeks after they make their resolutions," she said. Participants can earn miles every time they work out and eat healthy.

Davis said it is helpful to set small goals along the way to avoid burning out.

"I would say pick mini goals. Once a week eliminate something that is unhealthy for you," she said, noting that there is a workout for everybody.

"We have boot camp, Zumba, water aerobics, we even have a 20-minute class in the morning for those who need to get in and out quickly."

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