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Benefits of exercise

Exercise has HUGE benefits not just for our body, but for our mind and our mood too!

Exercise can:

  • Increase our energy levels
  • Lower our stress levels
  • Improve our strength and endurance
  • Increase our confidence and self-esteem
  • Make us feel happier
  • Help us sleep better
  • Help our brains function better
  • Help us stay healthy and live for longer

Tips for making exercise fun

It’s possible to enjoy physical activity just for fun, without worrying about doing enough, being competent or losing weight! Here’s how:

  • Listen to your body. Your body will tell you when you need to be more or less active, what is enjoyable and what’s best for you.
  • Mix it up. Don’t restrict yourself to just running and lifting weights. Hiking, dancing, paddle boarding, swimming, rock climbing, martial arts, Frisbee, rollerblading and biking all count as exercise!
  • Make it social. Start a social sports team, play volleyball or touch on the weekend, or have an early morning walk or swim with a friend!
  • Make your dog’s day every day. Take the dog for a walk if you have one – that way you are taking care of your pet and looking after your health at the same time too!
  • Become babysitter extraordinaire. Take younger siblings and family or even the next door neighbours kids (ask first!) to the park and push them on the swings, play catch and throw a ball.
  • Have indoor options. Rent or buy an exercise DVD or if you’re lucky enough to have a Wii or Xbox Kinect – they have heaps of active games and fitness options. You may feel silly at first but if it’s just you in your lounge, who cares?
  • Get amongst the community. Check out your local community or church hall/centre. There are community Zumba, dance classes, running groups or boot camps!

Tips for healthy exercising

  • If you feel really uncomfortable (like dizzy, too hot, too cold or pain – stop. It’s your body’s way of letting you know that it’s had enough!
  • If you have asthma or other breathing issues, check with your doctor before you head outdoors in the cold air.
  • Wear a helmet if you're riding a bike, skateboarding or rollerblading.
  • Layer your clothing so you can adjust your clothing to suit your body temperature.
  • Wear shoes with good grip so you don’t slip over!
  • Drink heaps of water.
  • Ease into it by doing some light exercise to start off with (e.g. jumping jacks and jogging on the spot) to warm your muscles up a bit. This will stop injury or unnecessary pain.
  • Stretch after you finish exercising to avoid injury.

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