Your exercise tip – A few facts on exercise

A few points that you may not know:

  • According to a study review in the Contemporary Economic Journal, USA, from 2014, of the people studied, if you are active in sports and physical activity you are 36 to 39% less likely to be hospitalised with illness than people who are inactive
  • A literature review from the Scandinavian Journal of Disability from 2015 – Sports and exercise will actively promote, foster and support social skill development in people who have physical and intellectual disabilities.
  • According to statistics from the Heart Foundation, 12 million Australians aged 15 years and over were either sedentary or had low levels of physical activity.
  • Out of eleven risk factors for heart disease, there are seven that we can control or change (out of our control are age, family history, gender and ethnicity).


Christmas challenge – let’s get started before it gets too late!

The next part of our Christmas challenge

Challenge one – come out of Christmas the same weight as you were before hand

  • One gym or home exercise session per week
  • Three cardiovascular exercise sessions at a moderate level (huffy puffy) for weekly total of 170 minutes
  • Tip – look at one food habit you have and sacrifice it for your goal.

Challenge two – lose two to three kilograms before 31 December (seven week – tough ask)

  • One gym or home resistance sessions
  • Two cardiovascular exercise sessions totalling 125 minutes (working at a level where you are getting breathless and sweaty)
  • Two interval or fartlek sessions of cardiovascular exercise totalling 50 minutes
  • Tip – With your cardiovascular sessions this week, make a conscious choice to take the intensity up one notch for five one-minute periods during both.

Your life tip

Give time to yourself – it is a wonderful gift

This week’s wise words

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

Aristotle Onassis

Have a great week and keep healthy in 2017.


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