MAKING HEALTH CHANGES
IF YOUR New Year’s resolution to get fit has already come to a standstill – it’s time for a reboot!
Lace up to shape up and improve your health and wellbeing by joining Cancer Council in The March Charge.
The March Charge is a month-long challenge calling on Queenslanders to set a distance to cover throughout March, and walk or run to reach their goal.
Chargers are also encouraged to add a fundraising spin to their challenge and put their legs in motion to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
So, where do you start? Get ready to charge towards a healthier, happier you with our top tips:
1. Set an achievable goal. Start the charge by setting a goal that is attainable. This will help keep you motivated and prevent you feeling overwhelmed when clocking up kilometres. If you don’t do much exercise right now – make a commitment to walk at least 1km each day or double your daily steps to between 8000 and 10,000. If you’re already comfortable in activewear - push yourself to go a little further or faster each day.
2. Keep it consistent. Whether you choose to walk 30km throughout March, or run 100km, integrating exercise into your regular routine is a great way to stay on track. Research shows enthusiasm and endurance can diminish if you repeatedly postpone exercising, so keep it regular to improve your health and happiness.
3. Seek support. Finding the motivation to get active on your own can be a challenge. Enlist the help of a friend, family member or colleague to join you in The March Charge and double the fun factor.
4. Refresh your diet. Complement your fitness plan with a healthy diet to boost your energy and simultaneously reduce your risk of chronic disease and some cancers. Opt for foods that are low in sugar, and pack your plate with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy options, and lean proteins and meat. For gals, the guidelines recommend five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit a day, and for guys it’s six serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit to help ensure optimum health.
5. Raise funds. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you and help us give cancer a run for its money! All funds raised will be invested into lifesaving cancer research, prevention programs and support services for your local community.
Register for free at the marchcharge.com.au.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancer qld.org.au or 13 11 20. — Katie Clift CCQ spokesperson