Move it or lose it: 4 simple ways to stay active this spring

As the days get warmer and we shed our winter layers, it's only natural to start feeling more motivated to get moving. Source: Getty Images.

As the days get warmer and we shed our winter layers, it’s only natural to start feeling more motivated to get moving and shed that extra winter weight that most of us probably put on.

But if the idea of diving headfirst into a full-on fitness routine feels a bit intimidating right now, don’t worry, we get it.

That’s why we’ve put together four easy ways to ease back into being active to help you feel and look your best.

1. Walking

Engaging in a daily walking routine, dedicating just 30 minutes or more of your time, can significantly reduce your chances of developing heart disease and stroke by a remarkable 35 percent.

Moreover, it has the potential to slash your risk of Type 2 diabetes by an impressive 40 percent. The beauty of it all lies in its simplicity.

It’s no surprise that walking is among the most favoured forms of physical activity in Australia, cherished for its accessibility and health benefits. The sole requirement? A trusty pair of walking shoes.

2. Ankle/Wrist Weights

If your goal is to elevate your walking routine and maximise the benefits of your exercise sessions then  achieving this goal is a breeze with the addition of ankle and/or wrist weights.

Beyond the advantages of building, preserving, sculpting, and defining muscles, incorporating weights into your workout regime can promote enhanced bone strength.

This aspect holds particular significance as we advance in age, facing an increased vulnerability to fractures stemming from a decline in bone density.

3. Yoga/Pilates

Interested in enhancing your strength, balance, and flexibility while also finding relief from arthritis and maintaining a healthy back?

Consider exploring the benefits of yoga and/or Pilates. These practices are especially well-suited for seniors, offering a holistic approach to wellness.

All you require to embark on this journey is a high-quality yoga mat and a few block props, making it an accessible and highly effective means to elevate your overall health and well-being.

4. Gardening

Gardening in spring is an enriching activity, offering a delightful blend of physical exercise, mental tranquility, and social interaction. Not only does it provide a chance to engage in physical activities like planting and weeding, but it also allows you to find some peace among the natural beauty of the outdoors.

Gardening fosters a sense of community when shared with friends or neighbours and provides sensory stimulation through the sights, scents, and sounds of nature. Alongside these benefits, gardening can enhance muscle strength, joint flexibility, and overall mobility, contributing to improved physical health. It’s a holistic way to stay active while connecting with the vibrancy of spring.

As we enter spring, there are several healthy ways in which to embrace the season. Whether it’s the simplicity of walking, the added intensity of ankle/wrist weights, the grace of yoga and Pilates, or the therapeutic joy of gardening, these activities offer diverse paths to improved physical and mental well-being.

They provide opportunities for personal growth and connection with nature, all while shedding the remnants of winter and basking in the vitality of spring. So, step into this season with a commitment to a healthier, more active you.

This article was originally published on April 16, 2022, and has been updated on September 8, 2023.

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IMPORTANT LEGAL INFO This article is of a general nature and FYI only, because it doesn’t take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. That means it’s not personalised health advice and shouldn’t be relied upon as if it is. Before making a health-related decision, you should work out if the info is appropriate for your situation and get professional medical advice.

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