HEALTH RIDES INTO TOP GEAR
Retirement resort developers are embracing total body wellness for their residents, understanding the benefits of encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
Palm Lake Resort residents at Cooroy-Noosa are among the first in the southern hemisphere to use the state-of-the-art Milon gym system. The system is exclusive in Australia to Palm Lakes Resort.
The system, originating in Germany, uses an automated resistance training circuit that records the activities of each user, tracks their results and tailors a program for them. One circuit takes 17.5 minutes, with residents encouraged to do three circuits a week.
Palm Lake Resort Cooroy-Noosa residents Jim and Carol Walsh have been using the Milon gym every other day since they moved into the resort.
In the first three months, Mr Walsh’s ‘health age’, determined by data collected by the machine, has dropped by 16 years.
Mrs Walsh said the machines were easy to use, and as soon as they finished their workouts, they loved to check their data to see how they performed.
“My husband, who is not a gym person, absolutely loves it!” she said. “He’s up at 6am three times a week to train.
“You walk into a normal gym and the equipment all looks like torture; this equipment looks elegant and isn’t painful to look at. It makes you want to use it.”
Brian and Ann Stephen and daughter Julie all live at Palm Lake Resort Cooroy-Noosa and are frequent users of Milon. At 72, Mr Stephen’s ‘health age’ is 55. He said the Milon system was great as it told him when he was making gains in his fitness, which he found inspiring and empowering.
“There’s been a steady increase in the number of calories I burn and my general fitness level,” Mr Stephen said. “Health-wise, I’d say I feel a lot better using it regularly.”
Palm Lake Resort Cooroy-Noosa personal trainer Jay Pattison said the Milon system really was the cornerstone of local residents’ health and fitness.
“Residents who have a balanced lifestyle are the ones getting results,” Mr Pattison said. “I’ve found that the real impact comes from those who are eating correctly, using the gym and participating in some of the other activities offered at the resort.”
The Milon gym is the centrepiece of the resort’s Pavilion Recreational and Wellness Centre.
Amenities include a ten pin bowling alley, golf simulator room, floodlit tennis courts, swimming pools, spa, sauna, cinema, barbecue areas and plenty of other well-loved facilities.
Palm Lake Resort Cooroy-Noosa promotes and prioritises health, wellbeing and a balanced lifestyle as crucial for its residents. Pictured: Nick Bryant, Jim Noble and David Ross loving the gym..