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A new way of living life and getting active.
As Jane Flemming stood on the winners’ podium collecting Gold at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games, having achieved the Australian and Commonwealth Games record in her signature Heptathlon event, she never dreamed that almost 30 years later, that record wouldn’t be beaten. But perhaps even more surprisingly, she wouldn’t have imagined that she would be at the forefront of a movement that is improving the health and wellbeing of tens of thousands of Australians.
The much loved two-time Olympian, along with former advertising guru Amanda King founded the free outdoor health and fitness program Live Life Get Active, and as a formidable team, they’re serious about helping Australians to feel fitter, healthier and happier.
According to Live Life Get Active, over 56% of Australians are either overweight or obese; a condition that can lead to health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and depression. With the twin supports of exercise and good nutrition, thousands of Australians have bene ted from the program, improving their fitness levels, losing weight, and making new friends.
This last benefit is now the most important goal for Live Life Get Active, says Flemming. “We started more as an anti-obesity initiative, but these days it’s more about us building community and social connectedness. We’ve realised that that feeling of isolation, of not being connected or not belonging, is a precursor of so many other health issues.”
The importance of community to individual health and wellbeing lies at the heart of Frasers Property’s development approach. So much so, that the company sponsors free Live Life Get Active classes at 22 of its residential communities. More than 7,700 residents take part in the program and the results have been truly inspiring: 5.8 tonnes of weight loss since the program’s inception and almost 73 metres of total waist circumference lost.
For Live Life Get Active personal trainer, Maria Tiems, the program has been nothing short of transformative. “I initially got involved as a participant just over four years ago when the first camp launched in the Blacktown area. I was obese but was too embarrassed to join a gym and couldn’t afford a personal trainer, so this program provided me with the perfect opportunity to be active and fall in love with training again. It was free, and I could work out at my own pace without fear of intimidation. It changed my life completely. Last year, I completed my Cert III & IV in Fitness with the goal of becoming a trainer for Live Life Get Active, so here I am today. I am extremely passionate about this program; I believe in it because I know it works,” Tiems says.
As far as Jane Flemming’s goal for the program to create a fun, active way for residents to meet and socialise within their neighbourhoods, Tiems says the social aspect is “probably one of the biggest impacts” she’s seen in her community. “Some members swap recipes, go shopping and have coffee after training, go to movies together, attend birthday parties, and so on. The increase in members’ fitness, confidence and wellbeing as a result of this program is fantastic to see.”
Live Life Get Active camps include boxing, Cross Active, yoga and Walk2Run, and are run by qualified, professional trainers.