How did Ozebuddy Start?

How did Ozebuddy Start?


Two relatively fit cyclists, directors Steve Brooks and Ray Moore have spent years keeping themselves active and physically healthy. Then came along Michelle new to cycling, fearful about being left behind and not secure on a road bike. With much encouragement Michelle started riding and got to a level where she could ride long distances. On many of those rides, the three would discuss ideas about how smart it would be to have a platform to allow people to meet other people in their area and encourage each other to take up an activity and or exercise.

After two years of planning, late nights and many discussion, Ozebuddy was formally launched in December 2017.

Michelle knows how difficult it is to stay focused on exercise as being a mum, a career in the computer world it’s always been a struggle for her to commit to regular exercise. Michelle’s background is in corporate online platform development and business management.

Steve and Ray on the other hand have made fitness their lifestyle and nothing stops them from keeping themselves committed to regular exercise. Steve and Ray have both had successful businesses and have an optimistic outlook on having a go no matter what your level of fitness is. Ray also enjoys ocean swims all year round.

All three believe that it’s now time for the people to take control of their health and not wait for governments to fund medical cures for illness caused by inactivity. Australia cannot afford a growing unhealthy population’s medical cost in the long term and the only way this can be reduced is for people to make the time to do more physical activity and control their own diet.

How is this achieved on a national scale? The Ozebuddy team believes if people meet other likeminded people in their local area they can buddy up and motivate each other. The outcome is accountability, turning up to exercise or do a sport together, but the big tick is the social motivation that encourages people to keep moving. Perhaps a coffee or tea after a workout can be the motivation to turn up. Other outcomes are reducing loneliness which can have an impact on reducing other illness within society such as depression.

Ozebuddy is about increasing one’s activities or sport at your own pace but most of all the enjoyment of whatever activity or sport you chose to do.

Both Steve and Ray have made Ozebuddy a free platform for members to join and start their new active lifestyle. You set your own day and times when you can commit to regular exercise and this is then noted by other buddies. The Ozebuddy team’s big focus is to remove the two largest excuses, financial and lack of time.

Between the team, the activity mix creates a fun, balanced and structured direction for Ozebuddy.

We hope you will have a go and register and let us know your positive story, so we can all share.

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