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Stay Active, Stay Healthy!

It’s something that we’ve all heard before; being active is great for your health.  In fact, when it comes to soothing your body, mind and spirit you can’t beat getting your active on. The most important thing when it comes to exercise is finding the kind that you ENJOY! – Yep, believe it or not, getting physical can be fun and you won’t regret it.

In case you need convincing, here’s a list of the benefits (once you’ve read this you’ll have your sweat towel packed ready to go):

  • Reduce stress
  • Boost your happy chemicals
  • Improve your confidence
  • Discover new skills and places
  • Sharpen your memory
  • Boost brain power
  • Clear your thoughts
  • Detox and improve your skin
  • Strengthen your bones
  • Meet like-minded people
  • Sleep more soundly…the list goes on.
So how much exercise and how often?

Any movement is better than no movement. If you’re just starting out, don’t be too hard on yourself. Set small goals and build on them each week. It can be as simple as walking to the milk bar and back. Start small and work your way up.

Ideally, you should build up to doing 30 minutes of daily intentional exercise.  Where you can, fit in some incidental exercise: This is the kind of exercise you perform during the day as part of everyday life. For instance, try taking the stairs instead of the lift or riding your bike instead of taking the bus. Other ways to fit in more exercise are to do sit ups during TV ad breaks, or instead of meeting friends and going out for a hot chocolate on the weekend, you could meet for a walk around your local park. The internet also has heaps of free exercise classes, like this one, so you can do a full class without leaving your bedroom if you want!

 

What kind of activity?

Variety is the spice of life, and you’ll find that being active is easier and more enjoyable when you mix it up.  Do activity that suits you and try to do a combination of aerobic, strength and flexibility exercises each week.

Here’s some great ideas to get you started: walking the dog, Rock climbing, dancing, swimming, skipping, skating, hula hooping, team sports, pilates, yoga in the park, running..

If you have a health concern, like asthma  or bad knees for example, talk to a health professional who can help you find activities you can manage.

Fitness Traps: Avoid these, and be happy and active