Coburg resident Sonia McIntosh, 40, has transformed her lifestyle and made her health a priority as part of an innovative exercise initiative currently running at Coburg Leisure Centre, an Active Moreland facility.
Ms McIntosh was one of six people selected to participate in the initiative, Transform Your Life, which aims to make a difference to people’s lives through specialist advice, increased exercise and changes to eating habits over 12 weeks.
Prior to the program, Ms McIntosh was leading an inactive, sedentary lifestyle and desired to make a positive change to her life.
“I have type two diabetes and I’m in danger of having to go on insulin” Ms McIntosh said. “I want to be alive to see my grandchildren and I fear that the way my health was heading that there was a risk that I wouldn’t be able to do that.”
“I want to be healthier and be able to play with my kids and not get exhausted” she said.
According to Diabetes Australia, diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease and is the sixth leading cause of death in Australia. Around 280 Australians develop diabetes every day and up to 60% of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented with moderate exercise every day to help control body weight and reduce blood sugar levels.
As part of Transform Your Life, Ms McIntosh exercises almost daily, following a personalised health program set by her personal trainer at the Coburg Leisure Centre. Her program includes a range of cardio and weight training sessions in the gym, mixed with water workout classes in the pool, fun group fitness sessions such as BodyPump three to four times per week, personal training and small group training sessions each week.
“My husband and kids have been so supportive and encouraging, especially on those days when I feel like I don’t want to go to the gym. Once I’m there it’s great and I feel so much better for it.”
In just ten weeks Ms McIntosh’s blood sugar levels have dropped and she has lost centimetres off her body size. Her weight is dropping and she has been showing her kids the exercises she’s learnt that they can do at home together.
Matthew Weisheit, Manager of Coburg Leisure Centre said Ms McIntosh had set a great example in showing others that regular exercise and professional advice really can have an impact on one’s life.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the participants” Mr Weisheit said. “We’ve seen their confidence grow as they’ve gotten stronger mentally and physically.”
Beyond Transform Your Life Ms McIntosh says she plans to keep up the exercise at Coburg Leisure Centre and has registered for the 10,000 Steps Challenge with her work colleagues.
The five other participants of Transform Your Life are also making significant changes to their lives for the better and are sharing their learning and experiences with their family and friends.
To find out more about how physical activity can make a positive change to your life or someone’s you know, visit Transform Your Life or contact:
Coburg Leisure Centre
Bridges Reserve, Bell St, Coburg