Getting active this summer
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Written by Brad Haimona - Active Families Advisor
The warmer weather often means more sports and activities, but for some people it can be hard to find the motivation or time. Here’s some practical ideas to get you and your whānau active.
As we get to the end of the year we welcome those long warm days which means more sports and activities available to each of us and less excuses to not be active. Those warmer days also mean more time at the beach, summer fruits and vegetables and hopefully some physical activity with friends and whānau. But for some people it can be a very busy period, and it can be hard to find the motivation or time to be active.
Reaping the benefits of getting out and about, however, can be a great use of your time. The positives include increased energy, higher self-esteem and confidence which can help improve your overall mood, increased fitness, weight control and also prevention against many health conditions.
With loads of activities available for you to choose from, summer is a great time for you and your whānau to get outside and become more active, more often. The result? A happier and healthier lifestyle filled with fun and excitement.
Here are some easy and practical ideas to get yourself and your whānau active:
- Try to leave your car behind and go for a walk or a bike ride to the beach as a whānau. This can be a great bonding experience for the whole family, and a great way to sneak in some exercise for the day.
- If you or your children are interested in joining a sporting team, keep an eye out at your local club and sign up to one of their teams or take a look at our directory and get in touch with a club to find out what’s on offer.
- Take a ball or cricket set down to the beach or local reserve and start a game of touch, soccer or cricket. You can get your whole whānau involved and maybe meet some new friends.
- Have a go at biking to work or school. You’ll feel more awake when you arrive and you might even burn off some calories along the way.
For other ideas and information on what’s available in the Bay of Plenty you can visit the ‘Get Involved’ section on the Sport Bay of Plenty website.
Start your journey to a more active lifestyle and better health outcomes now!
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