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Fact Sheet: Exercise


Active parents mean active children. Research indicates that active parents have active children. Active mothers are twice as likely to have active children, while children of active fathers are 3.5 times more like to be active themselves.

The exercise component of your daily routine needs to fit you as an individual.
Exercise should be sufficient enough to burn fat, but not uncomfortable or unenjoyable to stop you doing it on a regular basis.

If you are starting out with a new exercise routine the key to gaining fitness is to build the level of intensity slowly. You don't need expensive equipment, all you need is how you feel.
 
As your body becomes accustomed to exercise you will be able to increase the amount of time you spend exercising and the intensity.

Walking, swimming, aqua jogging and bike riding are all fun options  it comes to increasing your level of physical activity.

Walking
Join a walking group in your area; get involved with your local school and a walking bus. Walk to the local shop to collect your newspaper or milk. Walking for 5 minutes 3 times a day can make a huge difference to your health and well being.

Leaving the car at home, catching a bus and getting off the bus a stop early and walking the last leg to your destination is also a great way to get your level of activity up.

Over a period of a couple of weeks, set a goal. Start with 3 x 5-minute sessions daily and increase them by a minute or two each week. The 10,000 Steps programme is also a great way of keeping track of your progress. There is also a 10 000 Steps programme for schools.

For further details log onto: www.10000steps.co.nz
Or call 09 4880078.

Swimming & Aqua Jogging
Swimming and aqua jogging are great alternatives to walking, especially for those who suffer from back, joint and leg pain. The water provides buoyancy, relieving pressure. Contact your local council to see if there is a swim or aqua jogging class in your area.

Bike Riding
Riding a bike is a great activity for all the family, whether it is along the foreshore or off road.  There are bikes and cycle ways to suit all ages and levels of fitness.
Check out: www.avanti.co.nz

For further information on cycling in New Zealand log onto: www.bikenz.co.nz

Remember to always wear a properly fitted helmet - even in the back yard.

Skipping Rope
Jump Rope for Heart is a fun way for children of all ages to improve fitness levels and develop their co-ordination skills. The programme is designed both for individuals and teams.  Parents can also join in. Log onto www.nhf.org.nz to find out more.

Warm and cold weather can both influence our attitudes to and our levels of physical activity. There are thousands of options from playing a game of tag to flying a kite. For more ideas on how you can increase not only your own level of physical activity but your children's check out: www.pushplay.org.nz


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