Personal trainer Natasha Freeman gives her top tips for staying in shape over the Christmas period.
Personal trainer Natasha Freeman gives her top tips for staying in shape over the Christmas period. Chris Ison

Fitness tips for healthy holidays

ROCKY people's appetite for junk food is well known.

But now it seems our hunger for fitness is growing.

A check of the Yellow Pages website shows an increase in the number of personal trainers and gyms in the region, with the city faring well compared to some other Queensland regional centres.

Interestingly the ratio of personal trainers, nine, to gyms, 14, was far higher in Rockhampton than elsewhere.

With the festive season under way, one of the region's personal trainers, Natasha Freeman, has offered some tips to help people stay on track.

Natasha encouraged people to eat small portions, stick to low-carb alcohol options, keep count of their calorie intake and stay active.

She said people shouldn't let all their hard work go to waste. She has a theory on why some people preferred personal trainers to other options.

"Maybe people with weight issues and who are self-conscious feel more comfortable with one-on-one attention rather than in a big group," Natasha said.

She said she'd noticed in an increase in fitness practitioners in recent times.

Usually the period towards the end of January and start of February is the busiest for people in the fitness industry.

Rockhampton's reputation for fast living has been well known.

The Morning Bulletin has previously reported the city has a higher ratio of pubs and clubs to comparable regional centres and one of the highest number of fast-food outlets per capita in Australia.

Healthy tips

Natasha's tips to stay healthy this festive season:

  • Eat small portions: Stick to small meal portions.
  • Choose low-carb alcohol options: If you go for beer choose a low-carb variety, if you go for wine try a dry white. The best alcohol is vodka mixed with soda and lime.
  • Keep track of your calorie intake.
  • Stay active. It's recommended to exercise daily, but if you can't manage that aim for between three and five 30-minute sessions in a week.


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