SPORT WAIKATO NEWS
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.
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.
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.