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Health and Wellbeing - October 2012

02 Oct 2012

Spring secrets

Finally winter has come and gone and, like many of my fellow Melburnians, I am excited when the sun comes out.

It’s then that people are excitable and will use any method possible to get outdoors and enjoy the warmth. Most importantly, with the rising mercury comes a spike in the number of people getting active and exercising.  Here are some tips to ensure you’re fighting fit for the upcoming spring season.

Limit your carbohydrates at dinner. With the temperature increasing we can say goodbye to the winter warmers we all enjoy for dinner and say hello to summer foods and salads. My personal favourite is a Thai beef salad.

Purchase something new. Whilst there are still some good sales and bargains to be had, splash out on a new item of clothing or exercise equipment. This will ensure you are looking and feeling your best or provide added incentive to exercise.

Join or start a running group. With daylight saving just around the corner there is no better time to get yourself involved with a running group. Running groups are great as they provide motivation and support as well as a fun social aspect.

With these tips in mind go out and start enjoying all the benefits of exercising.

Ride to Work

This October will again feature the Ride to Work Community Breakfast Docklands.

This is a free event for any workers, residents and visitors to the Docklands precinct. Ride to Work Day provides the ideal opportunity to start enjoying the benefits of riding to work and I will outline four fantastic reasons to be involved (apart from the prizes, giveaways and free food).

Firstly, cycling is accepted as the most efficient mode of transport. For instance 100 calories can power a cyclist for approximately 4.8km, but it would only power a car approximately 85 metres.

Secondly, unlike automobiles, which require fossil fuel, cyclists are fueled by food – a renewable energy resource.

Thirdly, as a mode of exercise, cycling will burn approximately 300-500 calories in 30 minutes of exercise (dependant on weight and speed etc).

Finally, is a comparatively low-cost form of exercise. Cyclists won’t have to pay for such things as fuel, parking and public transport as the cost of these items is always increasing.

Therefore, there is no excuse to miss this fantastic event. For posters to promote around your office please email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit the website http://www.melbourne.vic.org.au/amcs

Take a break

Give your body (and mind) a break with our Wellness in the City program.

Melbourne is a fast-paced city full of magnificent sights and sounds.  Therefore, opportunities to relax and to take a step back and reflect are often limited. To quote the infamous Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Active Melbourne City Sports is pleased to announce that the Wellness in the City concept is back for a second year.

Wellness in the City is a free event that features a combination of yoga and zumba classes guaranteed to refresh and regenerate your mind.

Wellness in the City will deliver benefits to people of all fitness levels and abilities. Participants will experience exercises that are known to assist with posture and that will ease the back pain that is prevalent with corporate workers.

Times and dates are about to be finalised so stayed tuned for the announcements on our website http://www.melbourne.vic.org.au/amcs

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