Get hearts pump­ing

Chinchilla News - - NEWS OPINION -

WITH 40 per cent of adults still not get­ting enough phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, it’s time to get your heart beat­ing faster in the name of both love and fit­ness this Valen­tine’s Day!

CCQ CEO Chris McMil­lan chal­lenged loved-up cou­ples to try an ac­tive date on Fe­bru­ary 14.

Here are a few ac­tive date sug­ges­tions for you to try with your sig­nif­i­cant other.

One, danc­ing. What’s more ro­man­tic than learn­ing to dance?

In ad­di­tion to mak­ing you feel more con­nected, danc­ing is great car­diopul­monary ex­er­cise proven to im­prove flex­i­bil­ity, agility, bal­ance, men­tal func­tion­ing, bone strength and mus­cle tone.

Two, racket sports. Racket sports – ten­nis, bad­minton and squash – stand out among other fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties be­cause they of­fer both up­per and lower body work­outs at the same time, as well as test­ing your hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion and aer­o­bic fit­ness.

Three, walk­ing or run­ning. There’s a rea­son this is one of the most favoured forms of ex­er­cise. Head out for a ro­man­tic stroll or switch it up and go for a run.

Four, kayak­ing. Kayak­ing is a low-im­pact ex­er­cise that will im­prove your fit­ness, flex­i­bil­ity and mus­cle strength, while giv­ing your joints an easy ride.

It can also be quite peace­ful and re­lax­ing.

Five, cy­cling. Cy­cling is an aer­o­bic form of ex­er­cise, so your lungs, blood ves­sels and heart will all get a work­out.

Reg­u­lar cy­cling will also im­prove your mus­cle strength, bone strength, pos­ture and joint mo­bil­ity.

You can even ride tan­dem if you want!

Visit can­cerqld.org.au or call 13 11 20 for in­for­ma­tion and sup­port.

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