WORKING OUT: Personal trainer Jon Collen with new client Zali Webb, who is a new member of Anytime Fitness Grafton.
WORKING OUT: Personal trainer Jon Collen with new client Zali Webb, who is a new member of Anytime Fitness Grafton. Jarrard Potter

KICK THE KILOS: Exercise myths you can stop believing

WHEN it comes to myths and rumours about health and fitness, there aren't too many that Anytime Fitness owner and manager Jenny Ryder and personal trainer Jonathan Collen haven't heard.

With misinformation about what it takes to be healthy and active easy to find, busting the myths can be tricky. Here are some of common myths we should stop believing to get healthy and active.

I can't find the time

"People say they don't have time to fit exercise into their day, so I think learning some time management can help," Ms Ryder said.

"I ask people how long they spend on Facebook a day, and it might equate to half an hour, so I say let's try and block that time together and use that time to be active."

Skinny = healthy

"In my mind, there's a big difference between being skinny and weak, and fit and healthy," Mr Collen said.

"You can lose weight and a lot of muscle tone at the same time and not be as healthy, or you can be a lot healthier and a lot stronger just through basic exercises and get more benefits out of it."

Ms Ryder said the emphasis for their members is not to focus on weight loss, rather focus on being healthy and strong.

It's too hard

For some, the idea of getting out and exercising is a daunting prospect, but Mr Collen said starting small is the best way to build up to regular exercise.

"For most people, even the smallest change yields some sort of result, and that helps build confidence and keep that motivation going," he said.

Ms Ryder said finding a friend to exercise with can help motivation and make exercise more fun.

WORKING OUT: Personal trainer Jon Collen with new client Zali Webb, who is a new member of Anytime Fitness Grafton.
WORKING OUT: Personal trainer Jon Collen with new client Zali Webb, who is a new member of Anytime Fitness Grafton. Jarrard Potter

Sign up to Kick the Kilos

  • 1. Download Strava from the App store or Google Play
  • 2. Set up a Strava account with your email address and a password. Select running as your core activity.
  • 3. Once you have an account, click on the three dots in the bottom right corner, 'more'. Click on clubs. You can then click on the search tool in the top right corner and search Kick the Kilos. Find your local newspaper and hit join.  


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