Thousands take part in first-ever Commitment Day

January 1, 2013 3:22:32 PM PST
For thousands of people in the Houston area, this New Year's Day was a commitment day, a day for them to commit to making major changes in their lives, while helping others do the same.

Bundled up in hoodies and ponchos, more than 1,000 Houstonians brought in the new year with a 5K run downtown. Most of these runners will admit that it wasn't easy getting up and ready Tuesday morning.

"Waking up is not my most favorite thing in the world," participant Angela Sierra told us.

But once they got going, there was no stopping them. The runners were taking part in Lifetime Fitness' first annual Commitment Day. It went on in 30 cities around the country.

The goal isn't to cross the finish line first or to beat a previous record. The goal is simply to show up and commit to health in 2013.

"It's about more than just today," organizer Jeremy Ludovissie said. "It's about making that choice daily and making that choice for your families and people around you. It's just a commitment to a better way of life overall."

It's a new year with new resolutions.

"Just to have some more healthy habits and just to incorporate it more into my family and my kids," said participant Tammy Harris.

"Just to love more," added participant Nisha Kikung. "To express love everywhere you go, just kind of spread it out. You know the world needs love."

If you're looking for a challenge, this looks like a good start.