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.
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.
The health benefits of physical fitness are undeniable – but who says you have to be inside a gym to reap those benefits? When most people think about getting fit, they think about grinding it out on a treadmill, or pumping iron in the weights room. While exercising at a gym is a fantastic way to get in shape and stay motivated, there are options for people who prefer being outside.
The Australian Government’s new campaign, ‘Find your 30’ is all about getting Australians to commit to 30 minutes of activity per day. Australia has a reputation as a sporting nation, but these days the everyday Australian is more likely to be found sitting on the couch watching sport rather than participating in it. While we are often passionate supporters of our sporting team, we now need to put as much passion into participating in sport as we do into watching it. With obesity levels at all-time highs, Australians need to start moving as though our lives depend on it – because, when you think about it, they do.
Kids these days are becoming more sedentary than ever as technology takes over their time and attention. Today’s children are more likely to spend their after-school time playing on their Xbox or iPad rather than playing handball in the street or football at the park. Enrolling your child in a sport is a great way to encourage them to put the technology down and be more active – and this has a huge range of benefits for them, both now and in the future.