Run­ning out of de­sire

Many who be­gin an ex­er­cise pro­gram drop out in a few weeks

Central and North Burnett Times - - CLOSET AND HEALTH - BY Letea Ca­van­der

IT IS a month into the new year and all those firm res­o­lu­tions made about be­com­ing fit­ter may have started to wane a lit­tle. For­mer phys­io­ther­a­pist Torsten Becht said the big­gest prob­lem was that peo­ple ex­pected too much too quickly when it came to their hard work be­ing re­flected in their physiques.

“Most peo­ple, when they start an ex­er­cise pro­gram, drop out in that four to six-week pe­riod be­fore they re­ally start to no­tice the dif­fer­ence,” he said.

Mr Becht said it was im­por­tant for ex­er­cis­ers to push through this pe­riod of non-re­sult, and it was bet­ter to lose weight slowly than too quickly.

The keen cy­clist also said it did not have to cost money to lose weight.

In a re­cent sur­vey of more than 1500 Aus­tralians un­der­taken by Sun­corp, 65% of re­spon­dents de­clared the best things in life were free when it came to fit­ness.

“Gym mem­ber­ships are re­ally ex­pen­sive and there’s so much more you can do,” Mr Becht said.

“Go to the pool, go for a walk, or get a re­ally sim­ple push­bike. There’s heaps of dif­fer­ent ways to ex­er­cise or get phys­i­cally ac­tive.”

The sur­vey also found that of those who did spend money on fit­ness, gym mem­ber­ships were the big­gest ex­pense, with 91% of re­spon­dents spend­ing up to $150 a month. Self-con­fessed gym lover Laura Caitlin Jensen, 26, said she en­joyed the group as­pect of work­outs. She em­braced a bet­ter life­style about three years ago fol­low­ing a se­ries of health prob­lems that ended with her in hospi­tal a cou­ple of times.

“I started do­ing group work­outs at dif­fer­ent gyms, and then I got a job (in the fit­ness in­dus­try),” she said.

“My health has im­proved ten­fold from work­ing out. It’s not only that, it’s the com­mu­nity of peo­ple I have met – like-minded peo­ple who are so happy. It adds to your qual­ity of life and that is price­less.”

Sun­corp rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lynne Suther­land said that 35% of the sur­vey’s re­spon­dents were spend­ing up to $1800 a year on fit­ness. “When it gets to that level of ex­pen­di­ture it’s im­por­tant that you are plan­ning re­ally well and bud­get­ing as best as you can,” she said.

The sur­vey also found men spent more on their fit­ness goals than women.

PHOTO: THINK­STOCK

The ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralians sur­veyed by Sun­corp say the best types of ex­er­cise are the things we can do for free.

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