If boot camps and personal trainers sound appealing but all too expensive, here's a way you can try out the concept without handing over any cash.
Fitness Evolved is offering free one-week boot camp sessions in exchange for non-perishable food items and toys which will be donated to the Salvation Army and the Auckland City Mission.
Chief trainer Danny Kettoola says the concept was very successful last year and the company wants to spread the goodwill further this time.
"We had an incredible turnout of generous Kiwis last year. We had two carloads full of goods.
"This is a great way to get in a little extra exercise before the overindulgence of Christmas and to support two incredibly worthy causes."
Both charities rely on donations from the public and distribute thousands of gift and food hampers to needy families across Auckland during the Christmas season.
Salvation Army public relations director Shane Chisholm says because of increasing financial hardship, the need for the organisation's services is greater than ever.
"Some families have a constant struggle to meet basic needs such as food, clothing and housing," he says.
The Boot Camp for a Claus sessions, which normally cost $41 a week, will be available at various locations around Auckland including Mission Bay and the Domain from December 17 to 22.
All Fitness Evolved trainers and management are donating their time during the Boot Camp for a Claus week and people of all fitness abilities are welcome.
Please take your donations along to the first class.
Week starting December 17:
Mission Bay (meet by the fountain). Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6am to 7am, Tuesday, Thursday 6pm to 7pm, Saturday 8am to 9am.
Auckland Domain (meet on the museum steps). Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6am to 7am or Tuesday, Thursday 6pm to 7pm and Saturday 8am to 9am.
See fitnessevolved.co.nz for registration details.
- East And Bays Courier
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