Family on the treadmill
SHUNNING the couch in favour of the gym, the Milhams of Raceview have joined the throng of Ipswich families signing up to work out together.
Fitness has become a family effort for a growing number of parents and siblings who are motivating each other to stick to their health and exercise goals.
The trend has also hit our TV screens with the current series of weight-loss challenge program The Biggest Loser featuring four families vying to get in shape.
In the Milham family, father Laurence, 41, mother Virginia, 39, and their two sons Jashon, 17, and Tyrone, 18, hit the treadmills together at least three times a week.
Mr Milham said the couple wanted to set a good example for their children, with daughter Jane, 15, also set to join Jetts Fitness Booval.
He said members of the family encouraged each other to achieve their fitness goals, such as working towards the Jetts monthly challenges.
As part of this month's fitness challenge, people are encouraged to bench-press up to 60 per cent of their body weight.
“It gives us a bit of family time together going to the gym,” Mr Milham said.
“We have equipment at home, but it is hard to get motivated to use it. It is nice to get away from home and find our motivation together.”
Jetts Fitness Kenmore manger Susan Korner said family membership levels at Jetts now equated to more than 35 per cent of all memberships.
Ms Korner said there had been a steady increase in the number of families seeking to work out together, with more than 27,000 families across Australia now holding family gym memberships.
“We are delighted to see this trend emerging, as it's not only great from a health and fitness perspective, but it also helps improve relationships by creating positive family experiences,” she said.
“We see all varieties of families at our clubs, including mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, siblings and even grandparents and grandchildren, and each of them seem to have a great time encouraging each other to achieve their goals.”