South Waikato News - - SPORT - By HEATHER GABY

Win­ter Walk­ing

Walk­ing is one of the very best ex­er­cises to do. The best thing about walk­ing is that it is gen­tle and low impact and nearly ev­ery­one can do it. Ex­perts say that to main­tain good health we should be walk­ing ap­prox­i­mately 10,000 steps a day. Th­ese days most peo­ple only do a few thou­sand.

You can walk: with friends or by your­self; rain, hail or shine; most any­where; at no cost.

You can also: strengthen your heart; im­prove your fit­ness; help al­le­vi­ate de­pres­sion; burn calo­ries.

Brisk walk­ing is al­most as good as jog­ging. You burn nearly the same amount of calo­ries, it just takes you a lit­tle longer. Win­ter is a great time to get out and ex­pe­ri­ence the out­doors. Dress with light lay­ers rather than heavy gar­ments, make sure you have rea­son­ably good footwear and just do it.

Be pos­i­tive

As win­ter sport­ing codes are now in full swing it’s good to re­mem­ber the im­por­tance of pos­i­tive side­line com­ments from par­ents, fans and fam­ily mem­bers to play­ers on the field or court.

Neg­a­tive com­ments can dis­hearten play­ers and teams with long last­ing ef­fects and can also heighten ten­sions and result in player drop offs.

Sup­port your play­ers with pos­i­tive side­line com­ments.

Ac­tiv­ity Re­sources

Sport Waikato has a range of re­sources avail­able for pur­chase, which are ideal for at-home ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Easy Ex­er­cise Man­ual is writ­ten for any­one who needs help and ad­vice to get started on a rou­tine of reg­u­lar, safe and ap­pro­pri­ate ex­er­cise. The man­ual con­tains ba­sic in­for­ma­tion about ex­er­cise and a se­lec­tion of work­outs for warm­ing up, im­prov­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness, strength and flex­i­bil­ity

Easy Ex­er­cise Videos/ DVD’s. Th­ese are easy to fol­low, loads of fun to do with a great range of old­time, clas­si­cal and more mod­ern sing-along songs. Th­ese videos/ DVDs are ideal for at-home, rest home res­i­dents, re­tire­ment cen­tres or as a guide and source of new ideas and chore­og­ra­phy for com­mu­nity ex­er­cise lead­ers.

Fit Strips. Through proper use, fit strips are a safe and ef­fec­tive way to im­prove mus­cu­lar strength and en­durance. Sport Waikato sells four dif­fer­ent strengths of Fit Strips, which are gauged by colour. Red – light, Green – light/ medium, Blue – medium, Black – hard. There is also a fit-strip ex­er­cise book avail­able with plenty of ideas on how to use your strip for max­i­mum ef­fect.

To pur­chase any of th­ese items go to the shop on our web­site sport­waikato. org. nz or phone the Sport Waikato of­fice on 886 9002.

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