Healthy Living - Life's brighter outside
Discover how you can have fun outside while getting fit.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.
Statistics tell us that seeing families throwing a frisbee, kicking a ball or running around a park together has become an increasingly rare sight.
Planet Ark has revealed 87 per cent of children in Australia spend more time playing indoors than outdoors.
According to CSIRO, children spend an average of four-and-a-half hours sitting in front of a screen each day, compared to less than two hours playing outside reported by Planet Ark.
Many health concerns raised by lack of exercise can be easily addressed, however, simply by stepping outside.
For Antonella Jarvis and her daughter Isla, Marion’s reserves, footpaths and walking trails are one big exercise park.
“You don’t need to be involved in structured exercise with a sports club to be fit as there’s so much fun to be had running around in a park, hopping on a scooter or walking to school with the kids,” Antonella said.
“We love taking the dog to the park, trying out walking trails and going to the beach.
“Incidental exercise is great for your body and mind and all you have to do is get outside.”
Life Looks Brighter Outside is the 2014 theme for City of Marion’s obesity prevention and lifestyle program, OPAL.
The health initiative has revealed a raft of easy-to-follow exercise tips that families can enjoy together, including holding playgroups and healthy picnics in parks, planning outings along bike trails and rediscovering outdoor games such as chasey and hide and seek.
- Visit the OPAL section of the website for an array of information about healthy living.
- Find a local park on the Parks and Playgrounds page.
- See more photos on the City of Marion Facebook page.
City Limits Magazine
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