Walking out on working out

(NBC News) It’s been 40 days since the beginning of the year, when so many of us made New Year’s resolutions to get healthier and exercise.

It turns out 40 days is all many of us can take.

Records from Gold’s Gym suggest that after February 9th check-ins at the gym drop dramatically. Other gyms see similar so-called "fitness cliffs" as people fall back into their old routines.

"By the end of February, we’re back to the normal people here at the gym," says YMCA fitness director Candice Case.

Personal trainers like Gentry Manley say clients may become frustrated when they don’t see their hard work reflected in the mirror.

"If you’re not getting results, you just figure, well just forget it. It’s not working," she says.

The experts say consistency and patience pay off. It’s also important to set realistic goals, and if you started out the year doing work outs that just aren’t working out, switch to another form of physical activity.

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