Author: Adam MacDougall   Date Posted:12 May 2017 

IF you want to lose weight and get fit, former Australian track and field golden girl Jane Flemming says forget the expensive gym membership and get yourself a dog.

The two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games dual gold medallist credits her border collie Buddy with helping her stay fit after retiring from fulltime competition.

“He takes me out running, even when I don’t want to go,” Jane said. “There’s so much ­research showing that people who own dogs are healthier ­because they do have to get out every day and walk, and there are all the mental health benefits too.”

Staying fit and healthy is an important part of daily life in Jane’s household. Her husband, twin boys and of course the dog are all in on the act.

“Having a healthy life means staying off your butt so we have a saying, ‘Legs are for walking’. We never use escalators or take the travelator at the airport, and all those little things add up and make a huge difference over a number of years,” she said.

“Staying fit also sets your kids up to have good habits. To be a role model for your children you ­really need to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.”

Jane is passionate about ­inspiring and helping her fellow Aussies to get fit through the Live Life Get Active program, which offers free fitness classes in 70 locations across the country.

“Being fit adds so much to your quality of life and we want to make that affordable and achievable for everyone,” Jane said. “You don’t need to go to the gym or spend hours jogging or swimming if that’s not your thing.”

Jane will be combining her love of running and her drive to help others on the May 29 when she takes part in the Balmoral Burn.

Now in its 16th year, the run raises funds for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, which raises money to buy medical equipment for children’s wards.

“Humpty Dumpty is an incredible charity and the run itself is really tough. It’s only 420m but it’s a seriously dirty hill.

“The good thing is that since my kids were born I don’t have to run it as hard because I do it with them,” she said.

What’s in my fridge

Jane’s fridge is packed with lots of healthy options and her family live by a simple mantra to maintain a healthy diet.

“In our house we have ‘always’, ‘sometimes’ and ‘never’ foods,” Jane said.

“’Always’ foods are things like eggs, vegetables and lean meat. ‘Sometimes’ foods include wholegrain bread and pasta, and we have three ‘never’ foods, because they have absolutely no nutritional value — hot dogs, doughnuts and soft drink.”

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“I was at the Australian Institute of Sport for 11 ½ years and I never saw a gymnast lift a weight, yet they are the strongest people I’ve ever met in my life. That’s because they use their own body weight to train,” Jane said.

“The best gym in the world is your own body and you can use it anywhere. You can do squats, lunges and push-ups outside and get some fresh air and vitamin D at the same time.

“Doing body weight exercises translates into all the movements you do in everyday life, whether it’s carrying the groceries or playing with your kids.

“It allows you to use your body as a tool to have a better life.”

Adam challenged her to a one minute challenge, check out the video below!