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Locals getting active

Wednesday, 8th January, 2014

Jasmine Roberts has become one of many people trying out new fitness crazes in Broken Hill. Jasmine Roberts has become one of many people trying out new fitness crazes in Broken Hill.

By Emily Roberts

Broken Hill has been bitten by the exercise bug and it’s infectious.

A number of new health fads have become more popular including purchasing exercise equipment and health products.

Samantha Johnson, co-owner of 2B Healthy, said she has noticed a fitness trend.

“It is a massive trend and it’s all ages, not just young people,” Samantha said.

“It is a huge craze. Every second thing you see on the internet is about losing weight, eating healthy or clean eating.”

Samantha said she has also noticed a number of people with exercise trackers.

“It picked up just before Christmas and has continued after,” she said.

“There are lots of things available, like the (exercise monitors) FitBit, Jawbone or just regular heart rate monitors.

“There is also a lot of phone Apps to count calories and monitor exercise. I think it makes it easier, it definitely helps and motivates people.

“It is really good to see people wanting to get fit and be healthy.”

If anyone was interested in kicking off their healthy habits, Samantha advised people to come in for a chat.

“There is so much out there, come in and have a chat about what will be good for you,” she said.

“You can build muscle, lose weight, tone - it is important to get the right advice.”

YMCA Broken Hill centre manager Kerry McDonald said after having Commando Steve in Broken Hill for training, there has been more personal training sessions.

“We have small groups setting up training sessions - a group of friends are getting together and using a personal trainer,” Kerry said.

“They encourage each other and they are even coming in to do extra sessions.”

Kerry said the classes were quite popular as well.

“We haven’t gone back to our full timetable, but our first evening class was held (on Monday evening) and it was almost at capacity,” she said.

She also said she saw more people were utilising technology including exercise monitors and phone Apps.

“There is a lot more available,” Kerry said.

“I don’t think it takes away from a personal trainer. They teach how to do exercises correctly, help people progress and prevent any damage.

“I think it is important to teach the right values with exercise - that way it becomes a life commitment.”

Kerry said she was impressed with the fitness wave that was hitting Broken Hill.

“It’s exciting and a way for people in Broken Hill to start getting active,” she said.

“We have a great family program and all members are able to utilise the YMCA.”

Local Jasmine Roberts has a FitBit, which is an activity tracker, wireless-enabled wearable device that measures data such as the number of steps walked, quality of sleep, and other personal metrics.

It comes in a number of forms, and Jasmine has a wristband.

“I bought one for myself for Christmas,” Jasmine said.

“I saw that lots of people had them and I thought it was cool.

“Since I’ve had it, it has motivated me to walk - even if I don’t get all my steps done, I try and make the effort.”

Jasmine said she likes using the FitBit to monitor her sleep and calorie intake.

“I thought I was getting less sleep than I actually was,” she said.

“It’s also interesting to see how many calories you burn without exercising.”

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