Walk­ing off the sea­son’s ex­cesses

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By HEATHER RY­DON

Spring Into Ac­tion

This week’s win­ning Spring Into Ac­tion par­tic­i­pant is once again Danielle Pethy­bridge.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Danielle who has been the most ac­tive per­son in the chal­lenge for four out of the five weeks.

This week is the fi­nal week of the Chal­lenge. Well done to all in­volved in the in­creased ac­tiv­ity, es­pe­cially lead­ing up to Christ­mas.

Toko­roa Hash House Har­ri­ers

Toko­roa Hash House Har­ri­ers will be meet­ing tonight, Wed­nes­day, at Dino’s on state high­way one.

The group meets at 6pm for a fun walk/ jog/ run around a set course. Join the group for some fun, so­cial ac­tiv­ity.

Take a Hike

Sum­mer is re­ally here. What a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to get out­side and ap­pre­ci­ate our parks and walk­ways.

Here are a few in­cen­tives to tak­ing a walk:

Ex­plore our com­mu­nity on foot. You might be amazed at what you dis­cover about your own neigh­bour­hood.

Take a na­ture walk. Ex­plore some of the trails in parks, around Lake Moana Nui, along the Waikato River trails, Te Wai­hou walk­way or into Bar­nett’s Re­serve.

Take a walk break in­stead of a cof­fee break. The change of pace and scenery will re­fresh you and help you re-fo­cus your en­ergy for the rest of the day.

Add an ex­er­cise cir­cuit to your walk. Find a bench, step or low re­tain­ing wall some­where along your walk. Try do­ing a few step ups and bench presses; any ex­er­cise you like as long as it makes you puff.

This weather is a great op­por­tu­nity to get out there and ac­tive. On Your Feet Walk­ing for ex­er­cise needs to be more than just a leisurely stroll down to the shops.

Think about your per­ceived rate of ex­er­tion while you are walk­ing.

If a 10 is so fast you can’t talk to any­one then you should be aim­ing for seven or eight.

If you can have a con­ver­sa­tion but not do maths cal- cu­la­tions that’s prob­a­bly about right. It takes around 25 min­utes to de­plete the body’s nat­u­ral en­ergy stores, so aim to break that bar­rier by strid­ing out for a min­i­mum of 30 min­utes on most days of the week.

Check with your doc­tor be­fore com­menc­ing ex­er­cise, or if ex­er­cise causes pain or dis­com­fort.

It’s a great way to work off that Christ­mas and hol­i­day over in­dul­gence.

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