Spring is here, and with the good weather setting in, it is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors this sunny season. For some of us, exercising during winter can be difficult - with icy cold mornings decreasing motivation. But with more daylight hours, and cool, blissful mornings, we have perfect conditions for getting outdoors and being active!
The Department of Health (https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pubhlth-strateg-phys-act-guidelines) suggests that adults aged 18-64 years follow the following physical activity guidelines:
75-150 minutes of vigorous activity per week. That could be as little as just 3 days of 45-minute walks at a fast pace.
At least 2 days per week of strength training to keep muscles strong and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and falls.
We recommend that if you are not exercising at all, that you start slowly and gradually build yourself up. If you have any questions about this, you can ask your general practitioner or book in to see one of our friendly physiotherapists.
Incidental physical activity is also be a great way to get more active this summer. Try taking the stairs, getting up to walk around the office more often, or parking a little further away to get a few more steps in. Or better still, walk or ride around town, instead of using the car for short trips.
Here are a few of our favourite LOCAL ideas for your planned physical activity to help achieve at least 150 minutes each week:
Enjoy a brisk walk along the Lions park walking track in Seymour. From end to end this is over 7km if you go right to the White Heads Creek inlet. There are toilets and fresh drinking water available along this popular track.
Cycle or walk along the Rail trail. As it winds through the ranges and along the Goulburn river, it is hard to find a more beautiful and peaceful trail.
Swim in Lake Nagambie. The water temperature is perfect to cool down on those hot summer days.
Canoe/kayak along the Goulburn River and Lake Nagambie. For a short trip, one of our favourites is the Goulburn Park to Lions Park boat ramps in Seymour. But if you want a whole day, then Trawool through to Nagambie is sure to add plenty of excitement to a day-long adventure.
Hill climbs in the Tallarook Ranges. Go for a trail run or even just a steep uphill walk along Landscape road.
If you have any niggles, aches or pains stopping you from getting out to enjoy our beautiful region, then be sure to book an appointment with one of our friendly team. We will be sure to get you going to enjoy the glorious weather that summer brings.
Don’t forget to let us know in the comments what your favourite local spots are for an active local adventure!