Spring back into ex­er­cise

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKENDSHOPPER -

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.

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