Mobile gym is getting Kiwis on bikes
The Palmerston North cityfitness team has heard every excuse from those who simply refuse to exercise.
But the brawny and the scrawny were more than happy to rev it up for one minute yesterday, and take control of their health.
The cityfitness Get Active mobile gym has been travelling the country since October 2 to raise awareness for the Heart Foundation and get Kiwis on their bikes.
Get Active Challenge brand ambassador Katherine Mewett said the team had heard it all from people who wouldn't commit to exercise and healthy lifestyles.
"Lots of people, when we ask them, just flatly say ‘no' and it's the funniest thing," she said.
"The best excuse was ‘I've got no hips' and a couple of big brawny guys told us they don't do cardio.
"But it's only one minute of your time and it's promoting heart health."
Ms Mewett said the goal was to burn 100 million calories across the cityfitness gyms - so far about 31 million had been burnt.
Palmerston North world masters athletics race walker Sue Hoskin said her family had a history of heart and lung disease.
"I'm really passionate about fitness as a way of health and I think it's a very holistic thing . . .
"I've used exercise as a means of coping," she said. "My family history is definitely a driver for my exercising - I want quality and quantity of life.
"But it's about finding something that works for you, finding something that motivates you and then you will appreciate why it's important."
Manawatu Heart Foundation heart health advocate Sally Darragh said that every 90 minutes a New Zealander died of heart disease, and more than 250 people died of heart disease in the MidCentral DHB area in 2010.
"Doing just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, even in 10-minute chunks, can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes as well as reducing your risk of developing a stroke and high blood pressure," she said.
The mobile gym has been in Palmerston North since Wednesday and will be in the Plaza car park near Countdown until 5pm.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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