Cronulla’s Live Life Get Active fitness program has celebrated its first anniversary with a membership increase of more than 300 per cent. And participants are reaping the rewards of a healthy lifestyle.
The free fitness classes were started in 2015 at Don Lucas Reserve and have become a popular alternative to the gym as people can attend classes when they’re able to and are not locked in to expensive membership fees.
Live Life Get Active is sponsored by Capital Bluestone, the team that has partnered with the Cronulla Sharks to deliver the Woolooware Bay Town Centre project. The program is also supported by Sutherland Shire Council.
Since Capital Bluestone initiated the project, the number of participants has grown from 88 to almost 300 people,with an expected membership base of 400 by the end of the year.
Capital Bluestone Managing Director Ben Fairfax says Live Life Get Active is about making fitness fun and appealing to real people in Sutherland Shire who thrive on a community connection and a sense of belonging.
“Our goal behind Woolooware Bay is to create a thriving and healthy community and we really want to extend that philosophy to the wider Sutherland Shire by providing these free health and fitness classes,” he says.
“It’s satisfying to see the latest statistics from the Live Life Get Active group that show the number of people classified as having a ‘substantially increased’ risk of health issues has decreased from 30 per cent down to 16 per cent,” Mr Fairfax says.
“And participants have lost a combined 70 kilograms and 219 centimetres from their waists. These are incredibly positive changes for the Shire community and we hope even more local residents join the Live Life Get Active movement to improve their physical health and wellbeing,” he says.
To help encourage even more Shire residents to join in the free classes, Cronulla Sharks players Jacob Gagan and Fa'amanu Brown recently joined a yoga class.
“We are more than happy to help spread the word about this fantastic program that can make a real difference to the health and fitness of Shire residents,” says Cronulla Sharks General Manager of Engagement and Pathways Tim Thorne.
Live Life Get Active is run on a daily basis at Don Lucas Reserve, between 9.45am and 10.30am, by professional trainers with a wide variety of classes on offer such as yoga, boxing and cross training.
Live Life Get Active’s Jane Flemming – Australia’s Olympic track and field athlete and former Commonwealth Games gold medalist – says the program also offers lifestyle and nutritional education.
“We aim to build fitter, healthier and happier communities and we want people to have fun along the way,” she says. “We have a very diverse group of members at Cronulla, all of whom have different needs and requirements - some are health related, some are ‘me time’ focused and others value community connectivity.”
Register at www.livelifegetactive.com