5 tips to make physical activity a regular part of your life
We all know that fitting in exercise can be challenging. But it's well worth the effort - being active has so many benefits including managing your weight and protecting you from chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Here are five simple tips from our exercise physiologists that can help you move more in your every day life.
1. Use your commute time
Travelling to work, university or the shops? Whenever you can, ditch the car or tram and use the time to walk, cycle or jog. If the distances are too long, you can walk/jog/cycle part of the way. It's a win win: you reach your destination and have some exercise under your belt.
2. Socialise on the move
Catching up with friends for pizza or dumplings? Change things up and take a walk round the park or the shops, a dance class or a game of tennis.
3. Limit screen time
Tablets, phones and television can take up a lot of our free time. Before you know it, one hour has passed and you've been scrolling aimlessly through your friend's Bali pics! Set a timer and allow yourself 20 minutes. Then use the remaining time to stretch, clean or walk around the block.
4. Workout while you wait
Many parents spend a lot of time waiting on the sidelines at sporting practise. Bring your sneakers and go for a power walk – it's also a great way to show your kids that exercise is important!
5. Sign up for an event
Want to run 10km or do a mini triathlon? Having an event to aim for can focus the mind and motivate you to train. Rope in a friend too and you have a training buddy to keep you on track when the couch is calling.
Interested in more healthy tips? Life! can help. Life! is a free healthy lifestyle program that helps you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Run by health professionals, you can choose to do a group course or telephone health coaching. Call 13 RISK (13 74 75) to discuss your eligibility for the program.
Premier's Active April is also fast approaching! Premier's Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It's free, it's fun and it's part of the Victorian Government's commitment to get more people active and healthy. There's heaps of special offers and fun activities. And if you join, you get 10 free passes to your local YMCA! https://www.activeapril.vic.gov.au/