The latest research suggests that being fit and active is more important for good health than weight loss. Just 30 minutes per day (and not necessarily all at once) can give you
- Fitness to live a full, active, independent life into old age
- Greater protection against chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease
- Weight reduction
- Better mental health
It’s not hard to do – you just need to get into the habit! People who do, heartily recommend it. There are dozens of easy options.
Walk: Ron Way (aged 76) swims in the summer and walks in the winter. ‘During my busy and stressful 45 year career in film and television, walking was always a way of grounding myself and clearing my head. Aside from the fitness value for my body in walking each morning, I enjoy the experience of seeing something new around Kyogle. I have mild asthma and walking in this clean country air is beneficial to my breathing.’
Walk the Dog: Jo Cherry likes walking with her dog Nuggett. ‘He’s not bad on the lead’, she says,’but he would rather run around the paddock’. Dogs are a wonderful motivator for daily walks. If you don’t have a dog of your own, volunteering to take someone else’s dog for a daily walk will keep you both fit!
Cycling: Helen McWilliam goes for a half hour bike ride most mornings, just out along the local dirt road and home. ‘The ride is exhilarating – gets the blood flowing and I love the crisp morning air and observing the sky, different each day, the mist on the distant hills, the trees and wildlife. After my ride I feel invigorated for the rest of the day and miss it if for some reason I can’t go.’
Swim: ‘Swimming has been part of my life since childhood’, says Noelle Lynden-Way. ‘You don’t need expensive equipment, just your cossie, cap and goggles and jump in the pool. Swimming 500 metres daily keeps me healthy and fit. Aside from the aerobic value, lap-swimming frees the mind. Kyogle Swimming pool is the best pool I have ever swum in. It’s always clean and sparkling. We’re very lucky here in our community to have such a great place to enjoy’.
Weights: Patsy Nagas is determined to get fit and lose some weight in preparation for a kidney transplant. A home exercise program suits her best. She has some inexpensive equipment and does a set series of exercises. ‘I want to get fit to get ready for my kidney transplant. If I can do it you can do it!’
Gardening: Jeff McGillen is a member of the Bonalbo Gardening Club, along with Jocelyn Robertson, Pamela Orchiston, Barbara Kirkpatrick, Loretta McGellin, and others. ‘I’ve got a bit of a green thumb and I always make the opportunity for gardening’, Jeff says.
Horse Riding: Zeena Scarrabelotti and Renae Duley get active by going horse riding. ‘I love riding my horse with my friends.’ Horse riding is a good fitness activity for kids and adults. There are a number of clubs and organised activities to get involved in, or you may just like to go for a daily ride.
Skating: Sonny Thomas is a fan of Kyogle Sk8 Park. ‘I skate for fun I guess. I skate in Kyogle a few times a week. I skate wherever I go. I skate on everything.’ Kyogle Skate Park is hugely popular with young people, and skating is an activity that develops balance and dexterity as well as fitness and strength.
Do you have another everyday activity? Use the “Comments” box below to share it!