Cycling for biggest loser and family

Four cyclists riding through a forest in Western Australia

Biggest winners: a cycling lifestyle brings all kinds of benefits. Photo: Mediawise

Reality TV can draw many people into watching others struggle making life changing decisions in recognition that they too have a similar hurdle to climb over; taking the first step to commit to change their life’s circumstances. The struggles depicted are close to life and the answers that are presented can be transferable into making change with the right motivation and exercise of will power.

The 2011 biggest loser is back on reality TV, the process of weight loss has not changed but is being adapted this year to reach the family unit and how a family can be supportive and work together. The gaining of knowledge of what is a healthy nutritious diet, a weekly menu combined with an exercise regime that is fat burning by strengthening the cardiovascular by working on anaerobic and aerobic capacity. One of the keys in getting started is a regimented, well structured and supported program with regular checks and balances and reviews to monitor progress and celebrate successes regardless of how small.

Time is a factor that needs not to be over stated, it can place undue pressure, it’s more important staying on target with the set target measurable. Nearly a year after winning the 2010 Biggest Loser, Lisa Hose, has settled back into regular life in Perth tackling the daily challenges most women face. Balancing being a wife, mother, friend, employee, maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle.

“The Biggest Loser gave me my life back and that is something I will be forever grateful for. I look back with fond memories and still live my life as I did in the house, with NO REGRETS every day,” Lisa said. So much so that she is forgoing the lazy and indulgent holiday most Aussie’s take Lisa is opting for the challenge of riding The West Australian Great WA Bike Ride in March this year. And this time the whole family are coming along on the nine day all inclusive bike riding and camping holiday which takes on 560km, averaging around 70km per day.

“I needed to find activities and exercise that I knew I enjoyed and could do as a family. “I want to get outdoors and see some of the beautiful parts of WA and meet people who like bike riding as well. Bike riding is something we can do as a family.”

Since leaving Camp Biggest Loser, Lisa has settled back into regular life in Perth whilst still maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regime. Determined to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime, Lisa set realistic expectations around incorporating exercise into her every day routine. She now averages around 30 minutes of exercise a day, including two personal training sessions and a couple of strength training classes a week. “The feeling I get after I have worked out is enough to make me want to do it again. I like feeling fit and being capable of doing anything that is thrown my way, and this is enough motivation to stay fit and healthy,” Lisa said.

The holiday takes in some of the most stunning bike riding country in Western Australia, including beaches, Margaret River wineries and the awesome Jarrah and Karri forests. Organised by The Bicycle Network who are a self-funded, not-for-profit community organization. Their purpose is simple: More People Cycling More Often. They believe that riding a bike – whether one of their Great Rides, with the kids, commuting or for fitness – will make you happier and healthier.

Find out more at http://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au or at http://www.greatwest.com.au

Over 1500 people are expected to take part including 200 volunteers for the total distance 560km, average 70km per day. The ride starts and ends in Manjimup and has overnight stays in Pemberton, Karridale, Margaret River (2 nights), Dunsborough, Bussleton, Balingup and Nannup. The ride is a fully catered, camping-based holiday with extensive support including luggage transport, a licensed café under canvas, first aid, bicycle repair facilities, entertainment and preparation DVD. There is also the option of sleep easy and local accommodation for those looking for extra comfort.

The Bendigo cycling community has many testimonies of weight loss and cycling being a bridge to healthy exercise regime and building relationships that are inviting and encouraging to keep you persevering. The opportunities are beckoning for people to engage and participate with like minded people in sharing their stories it is never easy but certainly worthwhile. “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive, cycling and weight loss both take strong discipline.

Looking forward to seeing you on the road soon God willing

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