#FitFabFeb2021 Health & Wellness

Week 1 #FitFabFeb2021 – Get Moving

February 1, 2021
#FitFabFeb2021 Move your Body

#FitFabFeb2021 – It’s Day 1 of February and time to put the focus on your health & well-being because you are worth it!

This week’s challenge is all about Moving our bodies and before you say ‘No’, all I’m asking is 10 minutes for 10 days. Australian Guidelines suggest that Women Over 50 should be getting 30 minutes per day of physical activity. Research shows that:

In 2017-2018 only 55% of Australian adults met the physical activity guidelines. Only 22% of Women met the muscle strength activity guidelines.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

So lets get started with the challenge to Move More.

10 minutes of dedicated Movement for 10 days

Yep that is this week’s challenge. It’s about MOVING YOUR BODY YOUR WAY! You can do longer than 10 minutes if you wish but the commitment is 10 minutes of dedicated movement each day for 10 days.

What do you need to do?

  • Move anyway you like – walk, run, swim, cycle, hiking, dancing, hoola hooping – any movement for 10 minutes BUT put your heart and soul into it and get that cardio rate up but remember to take it at your own pace when starting out. Warm up slowly and Finish with some stretching.
  • Then post what you did in the daily accountability thread in the Women Living Well After 50 Facebook Group.
  • It’s all about Consistency and Accountability.

Can you do it? Yes you can!

WARNING: REMEMBER IF YOU HAVE ANY INJURY OR HEALTH CONDITION TAKE IT SLOWLY AND CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING.

Suggested ways to start moving

  • Walking briskly – if you are starting off walk at normal pace then increase pace for 50 metres then back to normal pace and so on.
  • Run or Jog
  • Strong Healthy Women FitFlex sessions a combination of Strength and Flexibility and Balance
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Aquarobics
  • Squats , Get ups (sit on a chair and stand, sit and stand)
  • Dancing
  • Hula Hooping
  • Housework
  • Skipping

RECOMMENDED READING

Physical activity guidelines for older adults | healthdirect

Insufficient physical activity , Insufficient physical activity – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (aihw.gov.au)

Must-Do Strength Training Moves for Women Over 50 (verywellfit.com)

Best Exercise Over 50 According to a Cardiologist | Well+Good (wellandgood.com)

What is your favourite way to move?

Women Living Well After 50

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8 Comments

  • Reply Debbie Harris February 2, 2021 at 13:56

    I’m making an effort to move more each day Sue, so thanks for the reminder and encouragement.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 4, 2021 at 11:00

      You are blossoming Deb and it’s great to see. Hope the knee is improving and look forward to hearing about your fitness journey throughout February. x

  • Reply Suzanne February 5, 2021 at 13:17

    Yes, like Deb, it is always good to be reminded to keep fit. I have slipped regarding my walking as my new bike has me cycling more. Good to see your new direction, it all looks great, Sue.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2021 at 17:10

      At least you are moving Suzanne and that is the main thing. Thank you for your kind words and lovely of you to stop by. x

  • Reply Natalie February 6, 2021 at 11:21

    Hi Sue – You know I love to move. I like that you ask for 10 minutes each day for 10 days. It’s about forming good habit to stay healthy. Thank you for sharing #WeekendCoffeeShare

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2021 at 17:11

      HI Natalie, yes I wanted this challenge not to be too difficult but to slowly change the habits of those that struggle with moving daily. Thanks for hosting #WeekendCoffeeShare and have a great week. x

  • Reply Michele Somerville February 7, 2021 at 06:25

    Hi Sue, not being a great mover, I like that you provide a lot of options, ideally something for almost ever body! The last 2 days I have moved the least because much of my movement involves walking the dog, three times a day, but recovering from eye surgery and being stuck with a cone limits her ability to walk. But even I can do 10 minutes of walking two rooms away to the clothes washer and another room to the dryer and back. Thanks for the kick in the brain remider to move more. Michele

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2021 at 17:13

      Hi Michele I love how you think outside the box when you can’t go for a traditional walk. Every step counts! x

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