Who can believe it – it’s Easter this weekend already!
Before the Winter cold officially takes over, Easter is a great reason to be getting out and about and making use of the beautiful weather and sunshine.
“With the Easter long weekend, it’s a great time to get together with family and friends, but to also keep up our physical activity to reduce the effects of those guilty pleasures we all indulge in,” says ESSA Chief Executive Officer, Anita Hobson-Powell.
Statistics show that nearly 70% of Australian adults are either sedentary or have low levels of physical activity, and two-thirds of children aren’t undertaking the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Most Australians say that ‘lack of time’ is a key factor, but with the Easter break, you’ll have some extra time up your sleeve!
“Easter gives us the chance to reflect on our health and the goals we made for the New Year. Have we kept up with them? Do we need to re-adjust? Most of us made plans to become more active – now is the best time to put those plans in to action,” says Ms. Hobson-Powell.
On average, an Australian eats 4.5kg of chocolate every year, and a 100g Easter egg takes roughly a 2-hour walk for women, and a 1.5-hour walk for men, to burn off. No one is suggesting to ditch the bunny and chocolate eggs, but exercising over Easter will keep your body healthy during the break.
“There’s no need to rule out chocolate all together, but it’s a good idea to monitor the chocolate bunny and eggs in-take and to complement it with moderate exercise.”
“Make sure you make an effort to get outside and enjoy the great weather, whilst also keeping active and healthy.”
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