Cold can take toll

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - YOUR GENERATION -

TEM­PER­A­TURES are drop­ping, the days are get­ting shorter and it is get­ting so much harder to get out of bed in the morn­ing.

Win­ter has set in and un­for­tu­nately, for many, ex­er­cise can fall lower and lower on our list of pri­or­i­ties dur­ing the colder months.

While cold weather is not an ex­cuse to go into ex­er­cise hi­ber­na­tion, it is nec­es­sary to take more pre­cau­tion to pro­tect your body.

Ac­cord­ing to Sports Medicine Aus­tralia (SMA), win­ter con­di­tions and height­ened in­jury con­cerns can pre­vent Australians from be­ing ac­tive through­out the chilly sea­son.

Sport in­juries peak dur­ing May, June and July, and sports-re­lated hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions in­crease by about 30 per cent.

Curtin Univer­sity school of phys­io­ther­apy and ex­er­cise sci­ence re­searcher Elissa Bur­ton said peo­ple who gen­er­ally ex­er­cised a lot should con­tinue to main­tain their habits.

“Peo­ple who’ve spent their lives do­ing lots of ex­er­cise shouldn’t stop as time goes on, but then peo­ple who haven’t re­ally done any ex­er­cise should start off slowly,” she ex­plained.

“But it’s still im­por­tant to mix both strength train­ing and aer­o­bic types of ex­er­cise.”

Bur­ton said to avoid sore mus­cles, ex­er­cise rook­ies could choose an eas­ier ac­tiv­ity.

Strength work can be achieved by lift­ing weights, but an aer­o­bic ac­tiv­ity can be bro­ken down into two cat­e­gories: in­tense and mod­er­ate, which caters to all fit­ness lev­els.

Mod­er­ate ac­tiv­i­ties, such as brisk walk­ing or cy­cling, will get your heart rate up but in­tense aer­o­bic ac­tiv­ity, such as run­ning or up­hill hik­ing, will raise your heart rate more dra­mat­i­cally and make your body work harder.

Bur­ton said the Aus­tralian guide­lines en­cour­aged peo­ple to com­plete about 150 min­utes of ac­tiv­ity ev­ery week.

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