No gym, no worries

No gym, no worries


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Director of Off The Track Training, Joy McClymont, "Dalkeith", west of Longreach, Queensland, says rural women don't need expensive gym equipment, or a gym membership to exercise.

Director of Off The Track Training, Joy McClymont, "Dalkeith", west of Longreach, Queensland, says rural women don't need expensive gym equipment, or a gym membership to exercise.

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BAD dirt roads and huge distances to the nearest gym can make exercise seem impossible, but for Joy McClymont access is not an issue.

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A BAD dirt road and hundreds of kilometres separating rural women from a gym can be enough to make exercising seem impossible.

But for personal trainer and station owner Joy McClymont no gym access is never an excuse.

Joy lives with her husband Paul and four children on "Dalkeith", a 32,400-hectare (80,000-acre) sheep and cattle station located 100 kilometres west of Longreach in Central West Queensland.

The former iron-man contestant has always recognised the difficulty women face when it comes to incorporating exercise into their rural lifestyle and when she had a baby, she realised it became even harder.

Prior to living on the station with her family, Joy used to work as a teacher in a small western Queensland school.

While there, she used to run exercise groups during the afternoon for the students' mums, who wanted some exercising tips.

When she moved to the station, Joy started writing programs tailored for women living in rural isolation with their families, exactly like she was doing.

These programs turned into her now successful personal training business, Off The Track Training, which aims to help women living in rural and isolated areas to incorporate exercise into their lifestyle.

The program runs for eight weeks where the clients are given exercise tasks, food education guides and access to a community of other people involved in the program.

It also means they'll be in frequent contact with Joy as their personal trainer, who isn't afraid to kick them into gear and motivate them to be active.

Joy has been helping rural women, and some men, from across Australia with 40 of her clients located in outback NSW.

The fact people who live in the country are time poor has been a big influence on Joy's program, as she understands people from the bush don't always have the ability to exercise for an hour a day.

The workout regimes aren't structured in that Joy doesn't dictate to her clients what they need to do each day for an exact amount of time, she just makes sure her clients get good "bang for their buck."

"Trainers like Michelle Bridges don't know how passionate you are about the beef industry or how much energy is involved in operating a property," she said.

"My programs are about wrangling sessions with what's going on in your life."

The program is also trying to reinforce the idea rural women don't need expensive gym equipment, or a gym membership to exercise, they just need to get up and do it.

Joy said on a property especially, farmers could always exercise with the things they have around them, whether it's pipes, logs, tyres or even a tractor.

"You can have all the gear and no idea, that's a testimonial phrase," she said.

"A lot of the time you don't even need to do any heavy lifting, you just need your body weight and a bit of huff and puff," she said.

A big part of Joy's program is connecting the participants, who have access to a group Facebook page, Skype calls and discussion forums throughout the entirety of the program.

Joy said these communities were a great form of motivation for her clients, who used the group chats to share exercise and meal plan ideas.

She also said it was a great way for them to feel supported by a group of women living a similar lifestyle to them.

"It shows just because you're on a property by yourself, doesn't mean you're by yourself," she said.

With the amount of people affected by mental health issues soaring in outback Australia, Joy was prompted to incorporate the advice of a clinical psychologist in her program.

Her clients are given one "get happy" task a week, which could be as simple as decluttering a room, to help them improve mentally as well as physically.

"There are proven psychological reasons as to why exercise is beneficial for you mentally - if you're feeling good about yourself, your physic and your health, you're happier," she said.

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