Free boot camp starts road to healthy liv­ing

Western Leader - - WHAT’S ON - JACK­SON THOMAS

This time last year, Joshua Roberts was 155 kilo­grams and in a ‘‘de­press­ing, down­ward spi­ral of fatty foods and over sleep­ing’’.

The 27-year-old says if it weren’t for the free fit­ness pro­grams run by the Te Whanau o Wai­pareira Trust, he doesn’t know how much more dam­age he would have done to his body.

‘‘It was a dark time and I was in a dark place for sure,’’ Roberts said.

‘‘I never went out of the house much, just stayed home, slept and played games. Get­ting in­volved with these com­mu­nity pro­grams has been amaz­ing for my health both phys­i­cally and men­tally.’’

Roberts has as­perges and says it can be dif­fi­cult for him to break daily rou­tine.

He first spot­ted a Te Wha¯ nau O Wai­pareira pro­gram on­line, where mem­bers of the com­mu­nity were ‘‘crawl­ing through the mud, climb­ing ropes, run­ning and just hav­ing a laugh to­gether’’.

The Glen Eden res­i­dent said that ’’it just looked like too much fun to be miss­ing out on, I was ready to make a change’’.

Now 46kgs lighter, Roberts says his day-to-day life has not only be­come more en­joy­able, but more man­age­able.

‘‘Be­ing so much lighter has taken a lot of pres­sure off of my knees and back where I used to carry a lot of pain,’’ he said. Head to Western­ for the rest of Roberts’ in­spir­ing tale.


Joshua Roberts is a reg­u­lar at the free Whanau Fit­tness pro­grams, run by the Te Wha¯nau O Wai­pareira Trust.

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