Curtin up on fit­ness train­ing

Canning Times - - NEWS -

Curtin Univer­sity is help­ing foot­ball fans get fit.

A CURTIN Univer­sity pro­gram is giv­ing die-hard foot­ball fans the chance to get fit at their favourite club’s fa­cil­i­ties.

Re­searchers have re­cruited more than 100 male AFL fans aged be­tween 3565 with a body mass in­dex of 28 or higher to take part in the Aussie-FIT project.

The health and fit­ness pro­gram run by Fre­man­tle Dock­ers and West Coast Ea­gles coaches aims to en­cour­age out-of-shape foot­ball fans to get ac­tive and take care of their bod­ies.

Par­tic­i­pants take part in weekly 90-minute ses­sions, which fea­ture a fit­ness and ed­u­ca­tional com­po­nent, at the clubs’ fa­cil­i­ties in Cockburn and Leed­erville.

Fre­man­tle Dock­ers fan Steve McLeod took part in the project ear­lier this year and said it helped him lose 17kg in 16 weeks.

“I was com­ing from a high base and I’ve still got a lot to lose,” he said.

“Without mak­ing ma­jor changes, it’s mainly been about eat­ing bet­ter and ex­er­cis­ing bet­ter, which has been very ben­e­fi­cial for me.

“Some of it is com­mon sense but it’s more about life­style changes.”

Mr McLeod said work­ing in a group of peo­ple with sim­i­lar fit­ness lev­els made him feel more com­fort­able about his at­tempts to lose weight.

“I was com­ing from a very low fit­ness base but you weren’t made to feel bad,” he said.

Curtin Univer­sity project in­ves­ti­ga­tor Eleanor Quested said the project was pro­vid­ing re­searchers with an in­sight into over­weight foot­ball fans’ re­sponse to in­for­ma­tion about health and nutri­tion in a bid to re­duce obe­sity.

“By tak­ing part in this project, we ex­pect the fans to re­duce their weight and waist­line, in­crease their knowl­edge of healthy eat­ing and dif­fer­ent types of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, learn how to sus­tain their new life­style over the longer term, and gain a unique, be­hind-the-scenes ex­pe­ri­ence with their favourite footy club,” she said.

Fre­man­tle Dock­ers fans at the club’s fa­cil­i­ties dur­ing the Aussie-FIT project.

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