Vietnam veteran Bob Brooks from Poona pumps iron as part of his new regime to lose weight and get fit in 2010.
Vietnam veteran Bob Brooks from Poona pumps iron as part of his new regime to lose weight and get fit in 2010. Jocelyn Watts

Don't sway from your goals now

A FEW WEEKS into the new year could be the time resolutions start to slip but Poona resident Bob Brooks is determined to stick to his.

The 64-year-old has just started hitting the gym at Maryborough’s The Body Corporate.

“I want to be there at my grandchildren’s weddings – and it would be nice to get rid of this stomach too,” he said.

“I’m finding muscles I haven’t used for a very long time.”

Mr Brooks will work out twice a week for the next 12 months as part of a Vietnam Veterans-initiated healthy heart program.

“If I didn’t do it this way, with someone pushing me, I wouldn’t be able to do it,” he said.

“And with someone to keep an eye on me I’m not going to overdo it.”

Fitness trainer and health coach Mel Behrens (pictured) said it was important to look at the big picture when it came to health and fitness.

“Look at how long it took to put on weight – it’s not going to come off in two to four weeks,” she said.

“You have to have realistic expectations rather than setting yourself up for failure.”

Queensland Health is also making moves to improve the wellbeing of Fraser Coast residents by offering free healthy eating supermarket tours over the next couple of months.

A tour is being held at Foodworks Maryborough today at 10am.

Community nutritionist Jenny Pham will lead the tours and give tips on how to choose the right foods to increase energy, lose weight, reduce stress and improve general health.

“Many people are unsure of what is healthy in the supermarket and confused by fancy food labelling and conflicting advice,” Ms Pham said.

“These tours are an opportunity to learn how to choose the right foods for you and your family,” she said.

Call 4122 8733 to book a spot.

The tours come after recent Queensland Health findings that only 10 per cent of the region’s residents ate the recommended five servings of vegetables each day.

One-third of the survey respondents had high cholesterol and more than half were overweight or obese.

MEL’S TOP TIPS TO STAY ON TRACK

Do small amounts of exercise every day

Don’t make radical changes to your diet: make small, regular changes

Set a routine and stick to it

Make exercise a priority

Find an exercise you enjoy

Don’t believe everything you see on TV: those ab things make great clothes racks

Don’t try to go it alone: seek help from a professional



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