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OUR TIPS ON WHERE TO GET FIT, AND HAVE FUN IN THE SUN
Beach Yoga | Swanbourne Beach
Annette’s beach yoga is a great way to get active and breathe in
sea air. “Not only are you surrounded by the beauty of nature, but
you leave feeling energised and ready to handle anything that
comes your way during the working day,” says Annette. When
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting December 6, from
6.15-7am. Where 248 Marine Parade. Cost $10 for 45 minutes.
Take water and a yoga mat or large beach towel, and bathers for a
post-class swim. Contact Annette, 0402 182 084, annetteyoga.com.
Ultimate Frisbee | City Beach
Ultimate frisbee is a non-contact team sport combining the likes
of netball, touch football, and grid-iron. “We have anyone from
beginners through to experienced players,” says organiser Sean
Fourie. When Saturday, 9:30am. Where City Beach. Cost Free to all
registered players (registrations through firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contact John Damiani email@example.com; Sean
Fourie firstname.lastname@example.org, waultimate.com.
Wutao Dance | Floreat & Mullaloo
This is a meditational dance based on Chinese medicine therapy.
Says instructor Kaye Patullo, it is a system of healing that restores
balance, energy and health through the use of dance and music.
There are six-week beginners’ courses and ongoing regular or
advanced classes. When and where Floreat, Tuesday 6-7pm;
Mullaloo, Thursday 9.30 -10.30am. Cost $120 for six weeks or $18
casual rate. Contact Kaye Patullo 0408 844 546, wutaodance.com.
Coastal body fitness | Scarborough
A new type of fitness program on the grassed area of Scarborough
Beach – think cardio, strength, core, running and boxing. When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6-7am. Where Meet in Northern
car park at Scarborough Beach. Cost From $19.50; personal training
from $60. Contact Ben 0434 649 944, coastalbodyfitness.com.au .
WE ASK: WHAT WOULD A SURF LIFESAVER DO?
As director of lifesaving at Trigg Island Surf Life Saving
Club, Warren Vanalopulos is at the beach every weekend
and public holiday. “When going to the beach, you need
to be prepared, with clothing, hats, sunscreen, shade,
water and education about the dangers of sun exposure.
My suggestion is to have a bag dedicated to SunSmart
items. It’s part of the routine to grab that bag when you
go to the beach. And when putting on sunscreen, don’t
forget the tops of your feet and your ears.”
+ BEACH TIP BECOME A SURF LIFESAVER
Not only is it one of the most iconic Australian beach
activities, surf lifesaving is also a way of leading an
incredibly fit and healthy lifestyle. To become a surf
lifesaver, you need to join your local surf lifesaving club
and obtain your Bronze Medallion training qualification.
To fi nd your nearest club, visit mybeach.com.au or
contact Surf Life Saving WA on (08) 9243 9444.
outdoors and the beach, our bodies need sunshine as their main source
of vitamin D. And there has been a growing argument that we’ve been
so ‘gung-ho’ with the SunSmart message that we have created an epidemic
of vitamin D deficiency.
Leading West Australian vitamin D specialist Dr Charles Inderjeeth
believes that this is a serious problem. “It is too black-and-white and
all-or-none,” he says of the SunSmart messag e. “If we were not intended
to g o out in the sun we should have been nocturnal creatures. The
SunSmart message may have been too effective, and has affected our
lifestyle to the point that we avoid going out or limit our time outdoors
– this has given us an excuse to be lazy.”
Charles talks about other potential health consequences from avoiding
outdoor activities, along with the results of vitamin D deficiency on bones,
muscles and possibly other conditions, including multiple sclerosis, cancers
(including some skin cancers) and autoimmune diseases.
Director of the federally funded Centre for Research Excellence in Sun
and Health, Professor Michael Kimlin, is researching both sides of the
argument with the aim of being able to give an appropriate message to the
public about protecting against the sun while taking care of vitamin D needs.
Michael says there has never been a comprehensive study done in
Australia on vitamin D deficiency. “There have been small studies but they
are not representative of the whole community,” he says. “What we don’t
know is exactly how much sun is required to cater for vitamin D needs.
Our aim is to find an appropriate message to give to the public. But we can
absolutely safely say that people need to be SunSmart.”
In 2007, Cancer Council Australia’s SunSmart message was extended to
‘Slip Slop Slap Seek Slide’ to reflect the importance of seeking shade and
sliding on wrap-around sunglasses.
Cancer Council WA SunSmart acting manager Mark Strickland adds that
people should also look at the UV index as part of their SunSmart activities.
“The UV index provides a guide to the strength of the UV radiation,”
explains Mark. “When the UV index is below three, it is safe to be outside
without sun protection. This is a great time to get some sun for vitamin D.
Once the UV index rises above three, sun protection is required.”
The UV index is lowest in the morning and evening and this is also the
best time to exercise at the beach, avoiding the heat of our harsh summer.
Derek Knox, exercise physiologist and director of exercise consultants
Absolute Balance, says the benefits of exercising at the beach are excellent
for both the body and the mind.
“You’re near the water, so there’s that relaxation and sense of space,
compared with being in a gym,” says Derek, who is also a surf lifesaver
and spends a lot of his time patrolling and training at the beach. “And
there doesn’t need to be a set structure with a beach program. You can
walk, run or swim, or do a mixture of all three depending on your mood
and your level of fitness.”
Derek explains the benefits of beach exercise. “Walking or running
on sand offers greater resistance than a hard surface, at the same time
being gentler on impact, hence easier on the bones and joints. Plus, the
heart rate increases more easily.” He adds that walking or running should
be done on flat sand rather than on the shoreline incline, which can put
stress on calves, hips and back.
Water-wading offers even greater resistance, strengthening the legs and
buttocks. Then there’s swimming, which builds endurance, muscle strength,
cardiovascular fitness and flexibility, while putting very little stress on joints.
So, as the beach beckons this summer, don’t just think about relaxing,
think about exercising. Stick to the SunSmart message and all the goodness
of the beach can be enjoyed as part of a healthy outdoor lifestyle. S
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