FOR many Queenslanders, finding time to stay in good shape isn’t easy, but with a little bit of forethought, fitness is achievable for all of us.
Being physically active is vital to optimal health and wellbeing. A great workout immediately boosts your energy and your mood and helps to set a healthy tone for how you approach your day.
While the best time to exercise will largely depend on your lifestyle, most people prefer morning workouts.
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Whether you’re going to the gym, prepping for an outdoor run or simply headed to the next room for a workout, these following tips from the Cancer Council should help you stay active all year round.
One, stop hitting snooze. When it’s cold and dark in the morning, it can be easy to keep hitting the snooze button. Instead put your alarm clock at the other end of your bedroom, turn on the light switch (or let in some natural light) and do a few quick stretches.
Two, create a morning playlist. Shake off sluggishness and get motivated for the day ahead with energising songs. Upbeat music may even make you push yourself harder when exercising.
Three, simplify your morning routine. Make it easier to get out the door each morning by preparing what you can the night before. Pack everything you need for your workout in a bag and organise your meals. When the winter chill sets in, just add cosy outerwear and consider warming yourself up afterwards with a hot tea or hearty porridge.
Four, don’t get distracted by technology. Try putting your phone on aeroplane mode before you go to sleep and don’t take it off until after your workout.
Five, turn your commute into a workout. Ride a bike, or leave home earlier to fit in a walk. If you drive, try parking your car 15 minutes from where you need to be and walk the rest of the way.
Six, recruit a buddy. No matter what exercise you choose, organising to meet someone for your workout will keep you accountable and encourage you to make it there.
And remember – at least one-third of all cancers can be prevented by simple lifestyle changes, including maintaining a healthy weight, being active, eating well, limiting alcohol, quitting smoking and staying SunSmart.
For good health, try to do 150–300 minutes of moderate intensity exercise or 75-150 minutes of vigorous physical activity every week.
Good exercise habits take time to develop, so, be patient, be persistent, and get set to feel the benefits.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland and healthy living is available at cancerqld.org.au.