MAX­IMISE YOUR EX­ER­CISE

Nadia - - WELL-THY ADVENTURE - @kat­stan­ley_newzealand

STUCK IN AN EX­ER­CISE RUT? NADIA FIT­NESS EX­PERT KAT STAN­LEY OF REDEFINEDU SUG­GESTS FIVE WAYS TO ADD MORE FUN AND AD­VEN­TURE TO YOUR ROU­TINE

1 DIVE RIGHT IN

Now that it’s warmer, wa­ter sports such as kayak­ing, surf­ing, wa­ter ski­ing, sail­ing and stand-up pad­dle­board­ing are fun ways to get fit. Take lessons, bor­row or rent gear and give it a go. All these ac­tiv­i­ties burn an av­er­age of 300-900 calo­ries an hour and are a lot more fun than be­ing stuck in a gym. Kayak­ing, for ex­am­ple, gets your heart rate up, abs work­ing and mus­cles burn­ing.

2

TIME TO PLAY!

Kids are itch­ing to find the near­est place to scale the walls, hang from the mon­key bars and go on the swings. If you know any lit­tle peo­ple, scout out some lo­cal play­grounds and take them with you. There are also a num­ber of play­grounds and parks that have ex­er­cise equip­ment for adults. For the more cu­ri­ous, there are a plethora of tram­po­line parks, high ropes and ob­sta­cle cour­ses, pro­vid­ing thrills, laughs and ad­ven­ture while build­ing con­fi­dence and im­prov­ing agility, bal­ance and strength. Check out Tree Ad­ven­tures in Auck­land, Taupō’s Rock ’n Ropes, and Adrenalin For­est in Wellington, Christchurch and Bay of Plenty. 3 BOOST YOUR ADREN­A­LINE Kick-start your ac­tiv­ity lev­els with ad­ven­ture sports such as cav­ing, canyon­ing, rock climb­ing or moun­tain bik­ing. Canyon­ing com­bines ab­seil­ing, cliff jump­ing, swim­ming, slid­ing and climb­ing. Book a trip with the pros and if you get a taste for it, join the NZ Canyon­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. Closer to home, dust off your bike, grab a buddy and head to a moun­tain-bike track near you. You’ll be sur­prised how much you sweat.

4

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR LO­CAL MAUNGA

Climb the near­est moun­tain and drink in the views. Many towns in New Zealand boast fan­tas­tic vol­canic land­scapes. Or in­ves­ti­gate some DOC (Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion) short walks near you. Try hik­ing, geo-caching (real-life trea­sure hunt­ing), ori­en­teer­ing or walk­ing with a chal­lenge – some of the best ex­er­cise I have had has been when bus routes have failed!

5

KEEP IT SO­CIAL

The next time some­one in­vites you for cof­fee, make it to-go (us­ing BYO cups or a Ther­mos, of course) and walk or stroll up the hill and chat. Got a meet­ing? Bring a fris­bee or ball to toss as you pass ideas back and forth. Who­ever you’re with, sug­gest some­thing ac­tive to do while you spend time to­gether. When your mind and spirit are fu­elled by stun­ning views, great con­ver­sa­tion and feel­ing the fresh air on your face, you don’t seem to no­tice that your mus­cles are work­ing hard. Ac­tiv­ity can be fun – im­merse your­self and you’ll com­pletely for­get that you are ex­er­cis­ing! redefinedu.co.nz

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