It's easy to think about getting active and exercising when the sun's out, but can you keep up your motivation throughout the long cold months of winter?
A suitable level of physical activity is one of the keys to better physical health, but many people find their dedication starts to disappear along with the balmy weather. While it may be more difficult to get out and about during winter, exercise is essential all year round.
City workers and others who have a 'desk job' tend to be more at risk of the sedentary routine during the colder months. In Victoria, the government has recognised this and is doing its part to encourage healthy exercise with the program '100 Ways to Move It Melbourne'.
The program was officially launched this week (May 19) by Minister for Health David Davis, City of Melbourne Deputy Mayor Susan Riley and VicHealth. The initiative is part of the government's efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle and reduce the incidence rate for preventable diseases.
According to Mr Davis, 100 Ways to Move It Melbourne is focused on getting city workers to move more, sit less and eat better. It is also a key component of the wider Active Cities Melbourne scheme, which is a partnership between the Victorian government, the City of Melbourne and VicHealth.
With 17 per cent of Victoria's full-time workforce based in the capital city, the program is a great way to ensure the right fitness messages reach those who need a reminder during the winter months.
"Workers are encouraged to get off the tram a couple of stops early, take the stairs instead of the lift, move around the office every hour and add more vegetables to their diet," said Mr Davis in a May 19 statement.
"During May and June, city workers will be able to try a host of free activities designed to get them moving during the lunch hour."
Some of these activities include fun and engaging Zumba, Bollywood and Belly Dancing classes, Silent Discos, guided lunch time walks, Tai Chi and yoga classes, and retro sports.
If you're wondering how you can support better health throughout the winter months, the good news is there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of. Look out for free activities in your area, or try park a longer distance away so you can fit in some walking time throughout your day.
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