Saturday, 29 March 2014

It's been a while….

It's been a long time between blogs! After a trip away snowboarding in Japan, followed by a trek up Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo, it's now time to get stuck back into work!!

We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Todd on board to our team. Todd was a great support whilst we were away having fun and we look forward to working with him more.

How did you all go over Christmas? Make any goals for this coming year?

After a less than impressive Mooloolaba triathlon time two weeks ago, my goal is to improve my swimming and bike strength before Noosa - plenty of time to train and get prepared. ….

Since our last post, the new Australian Physical Activity Guidelines have been released. There have been some slight changes. The new guidelines are outlined below:

The new guidelines are for adults aged 18-64 years, irrespective of cultural background, gender or ability. 

Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
Be active on most, preferably all, days every week. 

Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (21/2 to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1.25 to 2.5 hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week. 

Do muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week. 

Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
  • Minimise the amount of time spent in prolonged sitting. 
  • Break up long periods of sitting as often as possible. 
If you'd like to see the guidelines for children and other age groups, click here
How do you compare? Are you meeting these guidelines?

With Easter fast approaching (how quickly did those hot cross buns come out into the supermarkets!!), courtesy of the Heart Foundation, we thought this would be a timely reminder about how much physical activity is required to burn those delicious treats. 

Did you know it takes 40 minutes of walking to burn 6 mini eggs and 2 hours of walking to burn a whole bunny?

Why not try some other fun activities over the Easter break? A great way to burn off some of that chocolate! Click here for more information on how you can burn some extra calories. Everything in moderation of course but if one does indulge, slightly more than the recommended physical activity guidelines will be required….
Speaking of the new physical activity guidelines and burning off excess chocolate, did anyone get a physical activity tracker for Christmas? If anyone got a 'Fit Bit', remember to 'friend' me via the Fit Bit website and we can track and motivate each other to move more throughout the day!

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Until next time, stay well and active!

The EPB Team