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Kick the Kilos leaders talk fitness and getting healthy

Strava app users Tony Foulstone and Michelle Storm warm up for a 5km run.
Strava app users Tony Foulstone and Michelle Storm warm up for a 5km run. Caitlan Charles

KICK the Kilos is in full swing with people from across the Clarence joining in to help the community get more active.

Tony Foulstone and Michelle Storm have been competing against each other this month for Steptember and trying to knock each other off the top of the Kick the Kilos leaderboard on the Strava app.

Tony Foulstone

What is the best thing about exercising for you?

The best thing to me about exercising is the great feeling you have after you have finished. Whether it be a walk or a run it's the satisfaction of having got off your butt.

How do you incorporate it into your every day life?

My partner and I exercise fairly regularly most days of the week. We are both currently participating in Steptember which is about raising funds and more importantly raising awareness for those living with cerebral palsy. The goal is to do as many steps as you can during September and to raise as much money as you can.

Do you think participating in things like Steptember is a good way to sort of kick start your love of exercise?

Yeah, Steptember is great fun. My partner and I are on separate teams we can be very competitive. I don't mind a challenge!

Why do you think it's important?

It just is. It is something you have to do. Something you have to make time for.

Along with a good eating plan it helps keep weight off. I suffered a heart attack in late 2013. Back then I weighed around 115kg.

Since then I have lost over 20kg just by changing what I was eating and also exercising more regularly.

 

Strava app users Tony Foulstone and Michelle Storm stretch before they head out for a run.
Strava app users Tony Foulstone and Michelle Storm stretch before they head out for a run. Caitlan Charles

How has the exercising improved your quality of life?

The weight loss has given me more energy and it has made me feel better about myself and more confident. It was nice to buy smaller clothing. It's also great to be fitter and not struggle when getting around.

Where is your favourite spot to exercise in the Clarence Valley?

I live with my partner up near Grafton Golf course. There are a few big circuits we can walk around South. We have three dogs and we often take them around the back nine holes of the golf course. They also love a good run around Bom Bom.

What type of exercise do you prefer?

I'm not much into doing the weights but I am aware of the benefits of fitting them into a workout. I just stick with the cardio at present just through walking and running. I don't mind the push ups either.

Do you have any tips for people who are looking to get started or are struggling to stay motivated?

If you are just starting out just start small. Start with a few kilometres or just a few laps around the block. Invest in some good footwear though. If your having trouble staying motivated just think that at least you have got off your butt. That's a huge effort.

I'm no personal trainer but if anyone needs a hand to get going just let me know!

Michelle Storm

What is the best thing about exercising for you?

Exercise is an integral part of my life. I was overweight as a teenager & young adult. With conscious eating and exercise I lost over 20kg. I enjoy feeling fit, plus exercise is also good for my mental health.

How do you incorporate it into your every day life and what type of exercise do you prefer?

My alarm goes of at 5.25am weekdays. I either do a HIIT workout and weights, hop on the treadmill or go for a walk/jog.

We have three dogs so we take them for walks around the golf course and runs out at Bom Bom. Weekends I sleep in and then usually go for long walks or jogs. My partner, Tony Foulstone, and I are doing Steptember, a fundraising month for Cerebral Palsy. I often take up challenges like the 22 for 22 push up challenge.

 

Strava app users Tony Foulstone and Michelle Storm get ready to begin their 5km run at Memorial Park.
Strava app users Tony Foulstone and Michelle Storm get ready to begin their 5km run at Memorial Park. Caitlan Charles

Why do you think it's important?

Exercise is important on so many levels. Physical fitness is vital to living a full and healthy life.

So many health issues faced by people today are related to poor diet and lack of exercise. It's also good for mental health and stress relief.

Do you have any tips for people who are looking to get started or are struggling to stay motivated?

My tip is to start! Find a buddy or support group to join to help keep you on target and motivated.

There are plenty of groups on social media you can join. Parkrun is a great local activity you can join. Set yourself goals & when you reach them reward yourself - not with food!. Be realistic in your expectations. Little steps to start.

If you're looking to lose weight you need to look at your food intake as well as exercise. A great way to get your motivation back is to look at old photos of yourself and see how far you've come. Also trying on clothes can be a motivator to keep going.

Where is your favourite spot to exercise in the Clarence Valley?

There are so many places to walk or jog. We often walk around the golf course area as we live in South Grafton. Great hills to climb.

Going across the bridge at sunrise or sunset is truly beautiful.

Topics:  kick the kilos, kick the kilos clarence valley, michelle storm, tony foulstone



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