Is it Christmas already?
With the Festive season in full swing, it can be really hard to stay motivated and get moving. We generally celebrate the end of the year with a bit too much food and probably a few too many drinks, and become so busy that we forget to give ourselves time to be active. But as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, it’s a great opportunity to sneak in some exercise before the day gets too busy. Lots of us tend to head to the beach over the Christmas break which is the perfect excuse to get outdoors. Yes, we may be away from our usual gym which, messes our usual routine but there are always other more exciting ways to get moving!
The team at Beyond love to stay active whenever we’re away. One of the best ways to get moving is to go for a walk or run along the beach in the morning before the sun gets too hot, or in the evening as the sun is coming down. How about finding some stairs along the beach and do some stair runs? It gets the heart rate up and leaves the legs feeling good. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, there are plenty of great trails, including our favourite, Point Nepean Walk on the Mornington Peninsula.
If you’ve got access to a bike, bring that away with you and ride along the bike tracks, ride into town to pick up your groceries or down to the beach for a swim. You can even do a day trip along the bike paths near the beach, such as; the beautiful Bay Trail or the Peninsula Link Trail. You should also try the Main Yarra Trail or the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail for something a little more challenging. If you are planning on doing a trail ride, make sure you go with a friend so you can look out for each other. Within the team at Beyond, we have a couple of cycling enthusiasts, so if cycling interests you, ask us where our favourite tracks are or click on the links provided..
As the day warms up, get out the bathers, pick up some goggles and go for a swim. Along the Victorian coast line there are some great spots to swim. Mt Martha is one of my favourite spots, which is generally a little quieter than the other main beaches down the Peninsula, and perfect if you like to do a bit of ocean swimming without the hassle of getting dunked by waves. But if bodyboarding is more your thing, then head out to the back beaches in Sorrento, or down to Torquay where the waves are a little more exciting.
Get that heart rate up
If you’re feeling a little more energised and like to break more of a sweat, doing a quick HIIT workout might suit you. Head down to the park or the beach where there is a stable parkbench, some space to run or some stairs to sprint up.
A favourite go-to full body workout is;
- 10 step ups on bench
- 10 squats
- 10 walking lunges (each side)
- 20m shuttle run/stair run
- 10 tricep dips on bench
- 10 push ups
- 45second plank
- 20m shuttle run/stair run
- Repeat 3 times.
Ensure that you’re doing all exercises with correct form, rather than doing them as quickly as possible. No one wants an injury whilst on holidays! If you have any questions, ask one of our Osteopaths, Myotherapists, Pilates instructors,Exercise Physiologists or Podiatrists at Beyond. Make sure to discuss with your practitioner or GP if it is suitable for you to do the above program.
The holidays provide a great opportunity for rest but why not use the free time to move through life and let the endorphins flow. Take advantage of the time you have.There are so many beautiful places to check out throughout Victoria, as well as interstate. We have some of the most amazing beaches and parklands in the world, so get outdoors and explore our beautiful country to help you MOVE THROUGH LIFE!