Physical activity and exercise can do wonders for your physical and mental health.
Billion Steps Challenge
The challenge invites all South Australians to track their physical activities (see details below) to collectively reach one billion steps. This step-count is also the distance to the moon and back, which is this year’s theme, and South Australians are encouraged to help us achieve this lofty goal.
The Billion Steps Challenge is a perfect opportunity to encourage yourselves to be more physically active as the days are becoming warmer and the daylight hours longer!
- Sign up to create your account or Login
- Connect your Fitbit, Garmin or Google Fit compatible Tracker
- Download the Android or iOS mobile app to enter steps manually or connect with Apple Health
- Set a goal (The Billion Steps Challenge runs from 1-31 October) and start moving.
- Encourage your friends, family and workmates to join you!
The benefits of physical activity include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Offering protection from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes and various cancers
- Assisting us maintain a healthy mind - exercise releases endorphins which can reduce feelings of anxiety and stress and help us feel more positive and energised
Here are some tips to get more exercise into your life (remember to check with your doctor, if you are overweight or over 40 years of age or have any serious health condition, to determine what is suitable exercise for you):
- If you are commuting to work, try getting off a stop earlier and walk that last stop. You will increase your steps with little effort. Maybe you could walk, run or cycle to work.
- Leave your desk at lunch time even if it is only for 10 minutes and go for a walk or a gym class. Take time to relax and breathe fresh air!
- Make an exercise appointment in your diary. Schedule some time each week for you to do an exercise class, go for a walk, run or cycle. Or if you prefer, Bupa provide some on-line workouts for you to try.
- Have a standing meeting or even a walking meeting with your colleagues.
- Join a gym - for some people actually paying for the membership means they will attend.
- Start with small steps. Have a five minute walk every second day to start and then increase it each week until you are going for a daily walk of 15+ minutes.
- Bring a friend along. It is much more fun to exercise with company and you are more likely to exercise if you have committed to a friend.
- Take the stairs at work. You may like to start with a single flight initially and build up. Putting incidental exercise into your work day is a great way to improve your health and fitness.
- Try a dance class.
Whatever you do, have fun and remember to just start!
National Ride to Work Day
Join Australia’s biggest celebration of commuter riding at National Ride2Work Day on Wednesday 19 October 2022.
Benefits of riding to work:
- Improve your health
- Save money
- Save time
- Limit climate change
- Increase productivity
- Make commuting better
University Fitness Hub
With a fully equipped gym on campus and a range of membership options, you can opt for gym only, off-peak or include unlimited classes to your membership. We have generous discounts for students and staff
Women's Recreational Running Group
Running SA and the Adelaide City Council have teamed up to create an award-winning initiative called the Women’s Recreational Running Network (WRRN). The WRRN aims to activate underutilised city parks and break down barriers for women's participation in physical activity within the City of Adelaide.
The concept involves a “run club” where women can get together under the guidance of a qualified run leader in a non-threatening environment.
Please contact the Central HSW team