Free boot camp starts road to healthy living
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 Westernleader.co.nz 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.