Brenda Smith and Dean Major race for fitness glory at Breathe Health Club in Hervey Bay.
Brenda Smith and Dean Major race for fitness glory at Breathe Health Club in Hervey Bay.

How to keep men fit

QUEENSLAND Health may have called Queenslanders the fattest of the states in 2003 but our men's fitness has skyrocketed since.

While women's aerobics and fitness maintained a steady climb, men's participation almost doubled since 2004, according to the Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport's 2009 annual report.

Walking remained the most popular activity for males but aerobics and fitness stole the silver from golf that was 2004's second most popular sport for Queensland men.

Hervey Bay resident Jack Cooper, 32, said he decided to improve his fitness when his son was born three years ago.

“Most of the guys I knew were becoming more health focused and keeping fit,” Mr Cooper said. “I wanted to be a healthy dad and the occasional weight session in the garage wasn't getting rid of my gut.”

He decided to take up fitness classes like spin cycle and bodypump to get fit.

“I'm feeling better than ever now I've increased my fitness,” he said.

Breathe Health Club's fitness instructor Dean Major said the rise in men's fitness was likely a result of it becoming part of the public agenda.

The latest Find Your 30 campaign encouraged all Queenslanders to find at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

Mr Major said he was not surprised aerobics and fitness was becoming so popular.

“Aerobics and fitness is the quickest way to tone up and burn fat,” he said.

“Compared to other sports, fitness classes are quick, effective and aren't weather dependent,” he said.

“Injury is also minimised because you are in a controlled environment with a fitness professional.”

He said men's participation in fitness classes was not as high in regional areas.

“There was a mentality that men do weights and women do aerobics, but that is changing.

“Everyday men are starting to become more aware of what today's fitness industry is all about.

“If guys want real life changing results they've got to up their fitness.”



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