From Malora’s Desk
I’ve noticed how the word “exercise” gets a reaction from people – from those who love their daily dose of endorphins, to those with a strained “I try” look, to the guilty and pained “I couldn’t be bothered” look, to those with an expression of absolute dread.
Whatever your relationship with exercise is, I would like to highlight the known benefits of daily activity (and no, unfortunately typing on your keyboard or selecting a Netflix show does not count as exercise).
We all know that there are physical benefits to exercise, such as weight control, increased energy, lower blood pressure and reduced risk of a number of diseases. But how many of you are aware of the psychological benefits exercise provides? Here are a few:
You don’t need to become a gym bunny or marathon runner to benefit. Simply aim to fit in at least an hour a day where you can increase your heart rate and get your body moving:
Create walk/run groups to motivate yourselves, or a join a social sports team, take a walk around your neighbourhood (guided walk if in the bush!), start ‘Geocaching’… there are so many options! For those of you who have Garmin or Strava apps, how about a fitness challenge with your colleagues for some friendly competition. For those in camps, you may need to get creative, but it’s possible! There are also plenty of free exercise videos out there, here are some ideas to get you started:
April will be dedicated to physical wellbeing, and we hope that this month will inspire you to find or maintain a healthy balance. Please share your favourite fitness tips or resources with us!