Author: Adam MacDougall   Date Posted:13 April 2017 

HE has a big personality and a big moustache, but the last thing legendary cricketer Merv Hughes wants is a big gut.

While most blokes are ­pretty good at convincing themselves that being overweight is no big deal, Merv knows otherwise.

“I’ve always yo-yoed with my weight and tried every diet under the sun but I am no spring chicken anymore and realised at my age I needed to get serious about my health,” the 55-year-old said.

“But it’s not just about how much I weigh on the scales but also about my general health and wellbeing. I want to be here for my kids, I want to see my kids’ kids grow up. And that means looking after my health.”

Late last year Merv realised his weight was creeping up, so he bit the bullet and reached out to me for help to get his heath and fitness back on track. He’s lost 8kg since Christmas.

“Like a lot of Aussie men, I’d got into a bit of a rut eating fast food and drinking a fair bit,” he said.

“I have also been really surprised at how easy it’s been by simple focusing on just little things like making sure I start the day by having breakfast.

“Normally I would just race out the door and by 10 o’clock I would be hungry and just grab something that was fast and easy but unfortunately it would be packed full of sugar or grease.”

“If I’m not hungry I’m happy. Plus doing this also stops you putting rubbish in your body. Your body’s like a car, you have to put the right fuel in it to keep it motoring.”

“I encourage everyone to stop putting off getting healthy. Watching what you eat and getting some exercise helps you across the board, mentally and physically. You feel better, perform better and have a ­better life.”


“I love my fishing and a lot of people wouldn’t realise but you have to be reasonably fit and mentally strong to make sure you can catch the big fish ­because if something happens and you’re not ready for it you miss the opportunity to get the fish of a lifetime,” he said.

“Fishing is such a great sport as it gets you out into the natural environment and is so good for relaxing and ­de- stressing and hopefully you can also catch yourself a healthy dinner.”


It’s a tough job being a fast bowler at the top level, and Merv was happy to give his body a rest from training after he ­retired.

“I came out of it OK but my back’s a bit of a problem, and my shoulders, so I wasn’t doing much exercise,” he said.

When he started to lose some of the physique he’d taken for granted during his cricket career, Merv realised that just going for a walk now and then wasn’t going to cut it.

“I was just playing a bit of golf and doing a bit of walking but started to notice my ­muscles were starting to disappear,” he said.

“You need to build muscle and keep your strength up as you get older, but you don’t have to knock yourself out. Just get down and do some push-ups in your own lounge room or some body weight squats, this will do the trick.”

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