Em­pow­er­ment through healthy habits

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Curves Hokowhitu is more than just a women’s only ac­tiv­ity-based weight loss cen­tre and gym. It is ex­tremely fo­cused on pro­vid­ing an holis­tic path­way to­wards women’s health. Owner Sue Close says: “Our aim is to em­power women to be happy, healthy, fit and strong, which ties in with our core val­ues of pas­sion, car­ing sup­port, ex­cel­lence, com­mu­nity and in­tegrity.” For many women, the de­ci­sion to go to Curves is of­ten based on the de­sire for weight loss, how­ever, Sue says: “Once a per­son comes to Curves they re­alise that it’s more than just weight loss and num­bers. Los­ing weight and im­prov­ing fit­ness and agility come as a re­sult of our main fo­cus which is con­cerned with the to­tal well-be­ing of each in­di­vid­ual mem­ber. Our ex­pe­ri­enced per­sonal train­ers will sup­port and en­cour­age each mem­ber to achieve their goals and in do­ing so, mem­bers will be­come fit­ter, health­ier and stronger in all aspects of their lives.” While Curves has many women who are achiev­ing their goals one stand out mem­ber is Tracey Stroud-Os­bourn. Last year Tracey was awarded the na­tional ti­tle of ‘Healthy Curvette’ af­ter only be­ing a mem­ber for a few months. “I first came across Curves at last year’s Women’s Expo and ini­tially I came along to lose weight as I wasn’t happy with what I saw in the mir­ror but af­ter only a week at Curves I re­alised that I was al­ready feel­ing so much bet­ter,” says Tracey. “I was blown away by the change. I had so much more en­ergy, I started go­ing for walks and runs with my chil­dren, I changed my eat­ing habits, daily rou­tines be­came so much eas­ier to man­age and my whole life­style has be­come healthy and en­er­gised.” A month af­ter start­ing at Curves Tracey took up their 12 Week Chal­lenge which gave her ac­cess to the Curves Com­plete pro­gramme. This in­volved a step-by-step in­crease in re­sis­tance dur­ing work­outs, mak­ing each gym ses­sion slightly more chal­leng­ing, as well as get­ting per­son­alised nutri­tion ad­vice and meal plans. “I soon be­gan to feel health­ier and stronger than I had in years. Be­ing able to wear clothes that I hadn’t been able to fit into for years was the best feel­ing ever and so, af­ter the chal­lenge, it was sug­gested I en­ter ‘My Story” in the Curvette of the year awards. It was a real sur­prise to win the Healthy Curvette cat­e­gory but at the same time it re­in­forced the be­lief that I had truly turned my health and fit­ness around thanks to Curves.” Tracey says her pri­or­i­ties have changed sig­nif­i­cantly from when she started. “Weight loss hap­pens as a con­se­quence of liv­ing a health­ier life­style. The changes aren’t ma­jor and I can still en­joy my food, just a lit­tle less of the choco­late. The most sig­nif­i­cant as­pect of be­ing at Curves comes from the sup­port from both the train­ers and the other mem­bers and now hav­ing the en­ergy to en­gage fully with my life and fam­ily.” Curves has re­cently cel­e­brated In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day by of­fer­ing zero join up fees up un­til Easter, March 24. So if you’re look­ing for a car­ing and sup­port­ive gym at­mos­phere with an holis­tic ap­proach to women’s health, give Sue and her team a call on (06) 358 1008, visit Curves-Palmer­ston North on Face­book or call in and see them at 2 Pahiatua Street in the Hokowhitu Vil­lage.

Healthy Curvette for 2015 Tracey Stroud-Os­bourn works through her gym rou­tine at Curves in the Hokowhitu Vil­lage

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