Opinion

Accepting the challenge

If you look around this country there are probably not many more active communities than the Nelson area. Our geography and attitude lends well to us being a fairly fit locale.

Earlier this month, the Nelson Star launched the Get Fit Challenge. As keen as this community is, we felt there is always room for improvement. We thought it was a great idea to pair five highly qualified personal trainers in this community with five people who are determined to take hold of their personal health destiny.

The large amount of entries we received was impressive. The stories many of the entrants told us about their current level of fitness and training goals was also powerful.

It was difficult to choose just five, but we did. On Page 12 and 13 of today’s paper you can find an introduction to each participant. Over the next six weeks we will follow them through their journey to make a change in their lives through fitness.

For those of us on the sidelines, this contest is not to be ignored. It’s well documented that a healthy lifestyle leads to a more productive and happy life. The better we eat and exercise, the less trips we will take the hospital and the longer we will live. Wellness is a growing trend in the health care industry, but it’s much more than that. Making the right choices is a benefit to us all and the more we think about it, the better off we will be as a society.

Good luck to all participants and their trainers. Thanks for taking part and showing us that every little bit helps.

 

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