Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

When Losing Can Easily Be Winning

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

When Losing Can Easily Be Winning

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AUSTRALIANS put exercising more, eating less and losing weight as the must-have trifecta at the top of their New Year's "get-fit" wish list, according to a study released by the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Organising Committee.

Traditionally, most new year resolutions fail, often within the first week, and with a quarter of us losing the battle by the end of January.

But 2009 is the year of the World Master Games and chairwoman Margy Osmond said that could just be the motivation some of us needed to lose weight, get fit or stop smoking.

"The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in the world's largest multi-sport event in Sydney could help Australians struggling to stay on track with their 2009 'get-fit' resolutions," she said.

"Never before has the exercise promise been easier to keep.

"Competing at the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games - a special event that will attract 25,000 people from more than 100 countries - can be the juiciest of carrots at the end of the stick.

"You do not have to be an elite athlete to participate - the only qualification for the Games is age.

"The minimum age is as low as 25 for diving and swimming and not above 35 for any of the 28 sports, many of which will take place at Olympic venues.

"Take heart and follow your dream of a fitter you and use the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games and the prospect of competing and potentially winning a medal as the reward for all your hard work."

If you have failed to keep a resolution before, these statistics might just keep you motivated to avoid becoming a statistic for a little longer.

The independent survey of 1000 Australians found:

* 69% of respondents intended to make at least one 2009 New Year's resolution - up from 52% in 2008.

Ms Osmond said that New Year's Eve would have seen about 63% of them intending to exercise more frequently in 2009, 52% planning to eat healthier, and 52% aiming for the "holy grail" of weight loss. …

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