HEALTH RIDES INTO TOP GEAR

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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..

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