As we move towards Spring we quickly shift our thinking to warmer days, greener grass, sunshine, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Spring is a great time to begin adding more physical activity to your lifestyle. Although it’s not impossible, it is harder to get outdoors and be active during the colder months for most people, so as Spring sets in it’s a great opportunity to get outside and get those bodies moving.
It is well documented that adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day, but you may not know that for children aged six through to 17, it is recommended to aim for 60 minutes a day.
There is a number of simple ways to squeeze more physical activity into the day, here’s KickStartCQ’s top 5:
1. Choose activities that you like - A lot of different things count as exercise: dancing, walking, gardening, playing basketball. Participate in whatever gets you moving.
2. Try a pedometer - Pedometers help you keep track of how active you are. You’ll be amazed how quickly you will build up to 10,000 steps a day!
3. Piece your workout together - You don't need to get all your exercise at once. Studies have shown that ten minutes morning, noon, and night can give a similar benefit as a 30 minute workout.
4. Exercise with a friend - Find a workout partner, this will help keep you on track and motivate you to get out the door.
5. Take lunch on the move - Don't spend your lunch break sitting. Grab a quick meal and hit the gym or get outside and go for a walk with colleagues.
Also, think about the types of physical activities that you enjoy doing and do them together with your family. What better way to spend your time than to be together setting a good example for your children and encouraging good health at the same time. It may seem difficult at first to get physical activity into your daily routine, but it’ll only get easier as you and your family stay fit and have a great time.