City Fit assistant manager David Cooke is encouraged to see patrons like Justin Bryer joining the gym to help shed a few of those unwanted Christmas kilos.
City Fit assistant manager David Cooke is encouraged to see patrons like Justin Bryer joining the gym to help shed a few of those unwanted Christmas kilos. Max Fleet

Work off the jolly season paunch

AFTER the festive season feast, Bundaberg residents are flocking to gyms to try to shed those unwanted kilos in an effort to stick to their new year’s resolutions.

Regular gym attendee Justin Bryer said he had noticed more bodies making use of the gym this month.

“There seem to be a lot more people here after Christmas holidays and especially a lot of people making their new year’s resolution,” he said.

City Fit Bundaberg assistant manager David Cooke said a rush in January was a regular occurrence.

“A lot of people are a bit more motivated,” he said.

Improvements Fitness Centre manager Damian Evans the good run usually did come to an end.

“Every year it’s extremely busy. We see a massive influx in January and February. Unfortunately we do have a pretty big fallout as people lose motivation,” he said.

That loss in motivation may go some way towards explaining a recent Queensland Health survey, which found only 41 per cent of Queenslanders are at a healthy weight, while 34% are overweight, 19% are obese and 1.9% are severely obese.

B Transformed psychologist Katie Murrell said there was one key to keeping the motivation to lose weight.

“With weight loss, the important factor is to think about how important it is to you for your health,” she said.

“My experience with my patients is that we focus on daily and weekly goals and, as the days turn into weeks, we start to hit the long-term goals.”

The same Queensland Health survey found almost one in seven Queenslanders currently smoked.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service Bundaberg clinical director Kees Nydam said the message for smokers trying to give up was simple.

“Keep, keep, keep trying. Never give up. Just keep trying,” he said.

Dr Nydam, who quit smoking two and a half years ago, said it was important not to be discouraged.



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