A GIFT for the HEART - 12 active ideas!
With 65% of Aussies aged 15 or over being sedentary or having low levels of exercise (that’s 12 million people!) it’s a no-brainer to give the gift of activity - your heart will love you for it.
Avoid the proverbial chocolate and wine gift combo this Christmas and give a gift that can help those you’re close to keep fit and stay healthy over summer. Switching to non-food and drink gifts can make a big difference. Remember, active gifts can be fun for the family AND get everyone moving: Win-win.
Did you know? Some physical activity is better than none, and more is better than less. Every little bit of activity counts! Start small and aim to build up the duration and intensity over time.
Here’s our top 12 active gift ideas
- Fitbit to record daily steps and keep motivated
- Kettlebell weights – muscle is important for bone health
- Bocce set, frisbee or totem tennis – great picnic starters
- Swim, gym or yoga passes to kick-start healthy habits
- Sports bag, yoga mat or gym towels to support your active activities
- Shoe wallet - this nifty accessory attaches to your shoe laces and stores keys and money while you’re exercising!
And what about the kids? Rather than just supervising, unlock your inner child and participate in active play. Try these gift ideas:
- Family pass for rock-climbing, mini-golf, bowling or a trampoline centre
- Team sports are perfect for BBQ gatherings - equipment such as a cricket set or basketball hoops
- A Nature Play WA family membership – discounts on outdoor activities and experiences
- Twister - active board games like Twister are a whole-body experience and good for a laugh
- Fly high – Perth’s windy conditions are perfect for kites making it the essential beach/park accessory this summer
- Family beach pack - goggles, towels, swim toys - and of course sunscreen!
Muscle strengthening exercise is super important for bone health. Plus, the more muscle you have, the more energy you use while at rest. Make sure you do some weights at least twice a week.
Be SunSmart this summer
You need to use sun protection when the UV Index is 3 or above, and when the UV Index reaches 8 or above you should take extra care and stay out of the sun if this is possible. UV levels change throughout the day, so be sure to check the UV forecast when you are outdoors. If possible, do your active play and activities during lower times of UV.
Visit www.myuv.com.au or download the free SunSmart app to find out the UV.
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