Keep ac­tive dur­ing win­ter

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page -

win­ter of­fi­cially upon us, re­main­ing in bed on a cold, dark morn­ing can seem far more en­joy­able than throw­ing off the cov­ers for a jog or gym session.

For those want­ing to shed un­wanted ki­los gained from warm win­ter temp­ta­tions, the Week­end Shopper’s Gym Equip­ment sec­tion of­fers a range of pos­si­bil­i­ties to in­spire even those most re­sis­tant to fit­ness.

Box­ing bags for $40, cross train­ers for $240, and ex­er­cise bikes for $70 are all avail­able, as well as dumb bells, row­ing ma­chines and bench presses.

Per­haps the only item not avail­able in the Week­end Shopper’s Gym Equip­ment sec­tion are per­sonal train­ers such as The Big­gest Loser’s fear­some Com­mando.

How­ever, as the trainer be­hind many per­sonal train­ers, Chris Haseman of Fit­ness In­dus­try Train­ing Skill Cen­tre and Stu­dio (FIT) is keen to as­sist peo­ple want­ing to ob­tain a health­ier lease on life.

As FIT’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and course in­struc­tor, Mr Haseman be­lieves health and well­be­ing play a big part in peo­ple’s qual­ity of life.

“Look­ing and feel­ing good about our­selves is a vi­tal in­gre­di­ent in one’s sense of hap­pi­ness and con­tent­ment,” he said.

Mr Haseman added while per­sonal train­ers and gyms could help peo­ple keep fit, sim­ple ex­er­cise items such as those avail­able in Week­end Shopper were also help­ful.

“Bikes, cross train­ers, and tread­mills are all easy pieces of equip­ment to use as the ex­er­cises are an ex­ten­sion of what we do in our daily life,” he said.

“But like a gym mem­ber­ship, this equip­ment only be­comes eco­nom­i­cal when we utilise it.”

Whether peo­ple utilise a per­sonal trainer or an ex­er­cise bike at home, Mr Haseman said the ben­e­fits of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise far out­weighed the ini­tial dif­fi­cul­ties of sim­ply putting on a pair of run­ners.

As such, hav­ing no time to ex­er­cise

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