Don't be a quitter. You're better than that. 

Just because about 80 percent of resolutions fail by the second week of February, according to U.S. News, that doesn't mean you should abandon yours too.

If you feel as though you've hit a wall and can't muster up the motivation to keep going, we're here to help you stick to your health resolutions. 

For starters, check out these lists of nearby health and fitness facilities. If exercise has been a solo act since the start of the New Year, consider finding a workout buddy or joining a group fitness class. Having that accountability may be just what you need to help you get off the couch and put that Fitbit you got for Christmas to good use. 

Ashland County is also home to several gyms and fitness centers, including — but not limited to — CrossFit 419, Studio Rise, Fit with Sandy, the Ashland YMCA, Snap Fitness, and Strive Health Fitness

Be creative with getting fit. Go skiing at Snow Trails, take part in the Winter Hike for Health at Malabar Farm on Feb. 9, participate in the weekly parkrun that happens rain or shine (or snow), or go sledding at Bucyrus’ Outhwaite Reservoir — bonus points if you jog back up the hill. 

There’s plenty more to do when the cold weather breaks. If you need inspiration, visit these sites: Destination Mansfield, Ashland Area Convention & Visitors BureauBucyrus Tourism and Visitors Bureau and Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Check out a bike for free and hit the trails in Knox County by taking advantage of Knox County’s Bike Lending Program, which runs March through October. 

If upping your fruit and veggie intake is on your resolution list, why not try gardening come springtime? Richland County has many community gardens that are supported by the North End Community Improvement Collaborative.

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Seek help from OSU Extension which offers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed) — a free nutrition education and obesity prevention program serving low-income adults and youth.  

Attention Ashlanders, visit Ashland County Health Department’s website for information on recreation and physical activity, nutrition education, healthcare services and much more. 

Stop by Arrow Nutrition for a made-to-order energy tea or nutrition shake. When owner Amber Schafer opened this business in Ashland in October, she said she was looking forward to contributing to the health and wellness of the Ashland community. Customers can meet with her to set goals such as weight loss or improved digestive health and then come up with a plan to use Herbalife products at home. 

Give First Call 211 a ring, another resource that provides information on various local services, including Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services and free, fresh produce distributions. 

Learn some secrets to healthy eating at a cooking class. These take place all over and have in the past occurred at a farmers market and church

Go to a health screening. Richland Public Health offers these for free to Richland County residents. These include a blood pressure reading, anemia check, blood sugar check (3-hour fast preferred), cholesterol check ($12 charge, requires a 9- to 12-hour fast) and education and referrals. 


Thrive Reporter

Thrive reporter. Graduate of Ontario High School and Ohio State Mansfield. Wife. Mom. Dog lover. Fitness enthusiast. Plant collector. Mac and cheese consumer.

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