The Straits Times
Published on Feb 18, 2013

Musician takes to Los Angeles streets to drop 113kg, get fit


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - People who believe a healthy lifestyle is expensive should speak to "Papa" Joe Aviance, a Los-Angeles musician who lost 250 pounds (113kg) using the city's sidewalks as his treadmill, its parks as his gym and a discount store as his health food destination.

The formerly 450-pound Aviance said he owes his now fit 200-pound body to walking 8km a day, every day around his inner-city Los Angeles neighbourhood.

"I thought, 'What's the easiest exercise I can do? I can't afford the gym, so I'll use the street,'" said Mr Aviance, who was unemployed when he began his fitness regime in 2011. "I like to say the sidewalk is my treadmill."

He swopped his junk food for vegetables and trail mix, purchased mostly from a discount shop and laced up his walking shoes. At first, drenched in sweat, he barely made it around the block, despite the motivating fast-paced dance music blasting from his headphones. Each day he went a little farther.