‘Let’s get physical’

January 2, 2019

Columbus and other area residents are wasting no time trying to get more fit in 2019.

On New Year’s Eve, dozens of residents were hard at work in the Columbus Family YMCA getting a head start on their New Year’s resolutions.

Jane Webster, of Columbus, said her goal for this year is to maintain her weight and improve her mobility and range of motion. She recently joined the gym, along with her husband. She said 2019 is going to be a good year for her.

“I want to push myself a little more because I’ll be turning 53 (next year),” Webster said. “I’ve always been an active person, I’ve never had a weight issue. I guess I just want to push myself a little bit more.”

After dedicating time each week to work out over the past 25 years, Dianne Fallesen, also of Columbus, has her routine down. She does 20 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes on a treadmill and then spends the rest of the time her time at the Y lifting weights. Although she said she doesn’t have a New Year’s resolution, she said she plans to continue to work out for many more years to come.

“It gets to be a habit, and you really miss it if you don’t do it. I get more done if I come here than if I don’t. It gets me out of the house,” Fallesen said about working out. “Just try to stay in shape, I guess. Whether I am or not, I don’t know, but at least it keeps me moving.”

At the gym, Zac Kavan, of Bellwood, also said he didn’t have a New Year’s resolution. But he said he’s excited to go on vacation this year with his family. Where to has yet-to-be decided, but Kavan said it’s sure to be warm and have a beach. His main goal for 2019 is to continue to be fit and healthy.

“The only goal I would say is to just to keep doing what I’m doing and try to stay healthy, make sure I’m active and spend time with my kids. I want to be able to keep up with them. The older I get, the harder it is,” Kavan said. “I want to be healthy.”

Jody Koch, of Columbus, said he comes to the gym four times a week. His workout primarily consists of cardio and upper body strength. Now 68, he said his goal is to live to see his grandkids become teenagers.

“I’ve got six grandkids and they’re all little, and I would like to hang around for a while,” Koch said. “They say for every half an hour you workout, you add an extra day. So I’ve got a lot of extra days to add.”

Jessica Buhman, of Columbus, is a pre-pharmacy student at Creighton University. She was lifting weights at the gym on New Year’s Eve and said she wanted to continue to build up her muscles into the new year.

“I want to run a half marathon, never done that before,” Buhman said about 2019. “I want to put on more muscle. So toward the last half of last year, I’ve been working on more muscle, so I want to keep that up.”

Smith Kama, of Columbus, said 2019 is going to be a big year for him. This year, he said he plans to buy his first house and become a naturalized American citizen. He immigrated to the country from the Democratic Republic of the Congo through the Diversity Visa, a lottery system by the government to promote diversity. He also plans to work out as much as possible.

“Work out every day if I can,” Kama said. “That’s my New Year’s resolution.”

After retiring last spring, Kevin Largis, of Columbus, said he now has plenty of time to work out. He said his goal for next year is to get into better shape. What he said he is most excited about in 2019 is the birth of his grandson.

“I love to hunt and fish and chase grandkids, so it’s a way to make that last longer,” Largis said about working out. “I have four granddaughters, and now I get a grandson.”

Whether people make or break their resolutions, only time will tell. But getting out to the gym, even just a little more, couldn’t hurt.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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