Spring back into exercise
IT’S the time of year when dark dawns are giving way to warmer sunrises and suddenly, getting up at first light to exercise is now a distinct possibility instead of a cold dread.
With the warmer weather comes the chance to shed winter woollies and for summer wear to come out of hiding once more.
It's the perfect time to begin a new fitness regime.
Weekend Shopper can assist everyone planning to don runners and lycra this spring, with its Gym Equipment section offering healthy opportunities such as bench presses, cross trainers, dumb bells, exercise bikes, punching bags, treadmills and much more.
However, while the warmer weather is enticing many back to aerobics classes, Heart Foundation Queensland health director Alison Durham said it was crucial to consider health and fitness all year round.
“Knowing we need to increase our physical activity can seem like a daunting challenge at first,” Ms Durham said.
“However, implementing a few easy lifestyle changes can make all the difference.
“It can be as simple as walking 30
“People also feel more confident and relaxed and sleep better when they participate in regular physical activity.”
Ms Durham said some tips for keeping physically active in simple ways included choosing enjoyable and varying activities; setting small realistic goals; setting aside certain times of the day to exercise; building activities into everyday life; and being active with friends, family or a group of people for motivation and encouragement.
“With heart disease the number one killer of Australians, we all need to start taking better care of ourselves,” Ms Durham said.
“While there isn’t a single cause of heart disease, there are risk factors that increase the chances of developing an unhealthy heart including smoking, high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, excess weight and not enough physical activity.”
Visit The Heart Foundation website for more information on heart disease as well as helpful advice on improving diets and becoming physically active.