You’ve heard for years that exercise is good for you, and you probably know that you need to be physically active. But did you know that being sedentary is linked to some significant health risks, while exercising will not only improve your physical fitness and muscle function, but will also protect you from a wide range of undesirable health conditions? Here are just some of the conditions and diseases that exercise can help prevent.
A new year brings the chance for a new start, and for many people that means committing (or re-committing) to a healthier and fitter new you. Exercise goals are thick on the ground as the new year commences … but often vanish faster than autumn leaves in a westerly wind by the time March rolls around. Making resolutions is easy – but sticking with them once the initial euphoria has worn off is not. Most people know they need to be healthier, fitter or lose some weight, but that isn’t always enough to keep you going.
Sunny days, heat and humidity are enough to put many people off exercising in the summer months. And when you throw in holidays, Christmas and time off school, you might find it all too easy to skip exercise altogether. Before you know it, the holiday season is over, you haven’t managed to fit in any exercise and the Christmas indulgence is starting to show.
Some people love to be up before the sun, getting their heart pumping and their sweat on before many of us are even out of bed. Others couldn’t think of anything worse, and wouldn’t dream of exercising until well after midday.
Regular physical exercise has numerous proven health benefits – but does it matter what time of the day you exercise? Let’s find out.
Many athletes wear the same pair of shoes for both training and running – and may think nothing of it. But is this really the best way to train? Training at the gym and running are two quite different activities that involve very different types of movement. And training and running shoes are designed very differently, even though they may look quite similar. You can wear your running shoes to the gym – but should you? Read on to find out.
Swimming isn’t just a great way to cool off on a warm day. It’s also one of the most popular sports in Australia – and it’s easy to understand why. Our country is surrounded by water, and we’re blessed with a richness of beaches, pools and water sport facilities. Swimming is one of the great Aussie pastimes, and it’s a fantastic way to stay fit, healthy and make new friends. Whether you’re young or old, fit or unfit, healthy or unwell – swimming can benefit everyone.
It might surprise you to know that just one in ten Australians aged over 50 does any regular exercise. Why? Most people blame being sick, out-of-shape, tired, busy or just too old for their lack of exercise. However, physical inactivity, especially as you get older, can have enormous negative consequences.
Winter is upon us, and the cold air, wind chill factor, freezing hands and numb feet can make exercising in winter just that little bit tougher. It’s true that winter sport can mean more injuries. Stiff, cold muscles can all too quickly become sore and injured muscles. This is especially true because sports that typically pose the highest risk of injury – such as rugby league, AFL and soccer – are all winter sports.
With the abundance of running shoe brands around at the moment, it can be confusing to try and choose a shoe from amongst all the options. Should you buy a pair with all the bells and whistles of running shoe technology, or the cheapest pair you can find? Should you choose minimal or maximal cushioning? Would sturdy shoes or lighter shoes be better? Should you choose this brand or that brand?
Hockey season is upon us, and people all over Australia are strapping on their shin pads, putting in their mouthguards and taking to the hockey field. Hockey is a great sport for all ages and levels of ability to play. If you enjoy watching hockey and have ever considered playing the sport, now might be a great time to start. Its fast-paced and action-packed nature make it fun to watch and challenging and enjoyable to play. Here are some great reasons why you (or your child) should consider playing hockey.