Three Little Words

Change your mindset

In a time of expanding waistlines competing with pressure for the ‘ideal’ body, most of us are aware of three little words. These three words are thrown around as though everyone knows what they mean and how to implement them.

Three little words that cause more confusion and argument amongst family, friends, and social media than any other. We all know what each word means, or do we?

The three little words? Diet. And. Exercise.

Diet and exercise form the standard of advice for changing our bodies and our health. It’s such a simple concept, but almost impossible for the average person to put those three little words into practice.

Almost every adult has, at some point, been ‘on a diet’. Almost every person enquiring about gym memberships or exercise programs list ‘weight loss’ as one of their goals. If the simple advice of diet and exercise worked, nobody would be overweight. There’s a lot more to the story than just three little words.

Most people confuse one of the three little words. They diet or they exercise. And becomes Or. The key to success is to combine the strategies at the same time. Diet And Exercise.

One of the surprising aspects of putting diet and exercise together is in how the strategy affects mindset.

Dieting can be tough. The rest of the family don’t want to change. Old habits are still in place. The start of the diet (usually on a Monday, right?) is positive. People are motivated, and willpower is high. But what happens by next month, next week, or even next day? Initial weight loss goals have not been met, but the after-dinner biscuit with a cuppa is a lure. The smell of toast in the morning, or the cake that granny bakes, or hearing someone munching on a bag of chips can all be temptations that, without the right mindset, are difficult to resist. Habits are hard to break.

Starting an exercise routine can be tough. An early morning walk is a great way to start the day, but the wind is freezing and bed is warm so staying put is much more appealing. The idea of getting sweaty, or feeling the muscles work is less appealing than watching another Netflix show. Setting a regular appointment with a friend or a personal trainer makes accountability much easier, but doing it alone is hard for anyone who is not a regular exerciser.

Putting diet and exercise together does something to the mindset. Exercising releases feel-good hormones that increase positivity, and nobody wants to undo all the good work by eating rubbish food. Eating fresh, healthy food increases energy and stops the sluggish feeling that makes turning up for exercise so difficult.

The combination of diet and exercise sees results, and results help with motivation. Motivation helps with continuing to do what works. It’s a great feedback loop that reinforces itself.

Diet And Exercise. Three little words that can make all the difference.

10 June 2020
WIRAC pool closed for winter maintenance

Southern Downs Regional Council and YMCA have taken advantage of the recent COVID-19 lockdown to undertake necessary winter maintenance on the Warwick Indoor Recreational and Aquatic Centre pool.

While the gym facility has now reopened following the easing of social distancing restrictions, the pool remains closed during continued works.

WIRAC Manager Karen Peters said that it was prudent and necessary to conduct regular and routine maintenance of the facility.

“The pool facility and WIRAC as a whole is a hub for the local community and maintaining our facilities ensures they are available for members and visitors to enjoy,” she said.

“The COVID-19 closure gave us a head start to undertake some winter maintenance works and minimise the down time to the community.

“The pool will reopen as soon as maintenance is completed.”

The YMCA and Council are working closely together to ensure the pool will be operating safely and at full capacity as soon as possible.

The YMCA is committed to ensuring all important measures are put in place to ensure everyone's safety, and that we meet the Government guidelines via a COVID Safety Plan.

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For more information on any of these events or any of our activities, please call the Centre on 4661 7955 or find us on Facebook here. WIRAC is the Southern Downs one-stop destination for family fitness, sports activities and quality aquatic education!

The Centre hours for 8th June onwards are as follows:

Monday to Friday - 5:30am to 6:30pm
Saturday - 7:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday – CLOSED

*Operating Hours subject to change at WIRAC's discretion


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