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Spring Into Action!

Exercise is proven to have a positive effect on your mental well-being and a good level of fitness gives you more energy and alertness, allowing you to focus and concentrate as well as contributing to your overall physical health.

We’ve come up with some suggestions to help you easily incorporate exercise into your life and all you need is around 20 minutes per day to start feeling great.

Outdoor activities

Universities offer an array of sports and activities clubs available for you to join and chances are you’ll find one that’s right for your particular interest and skill level. This is a great way to meet new friends with similar interests, get fit, gain confidence and practice team building. Check out your University website to find clubs and activities available to you.

Hiking and bushwalking is a great way of maintaining your fitness and it also comes with the added benefits of fresh air and some seriously picturesque scenery. In Australia, we’re lucky enough to have some of the most beautiful beaches and bushland at our feet. Check out your states National Parks and Wildlife Services website to discover a range of easy walks and tours for you to take advantage of all year round. You never know what treasure you might uncover!

At home

You don’t even have to leave the house to get your exercise fix. Doing some sit ups, squats, push ups, skipping are all great ways to keep fit. Feel like that spring clean is a little overdue? Go on, make it a cleaning party! Throw on some of your favourite old school tunes and get your clean on.

Make the most of your commute

We all know how crazy peak hour traffic can be in the city right? With the warmer weather upon us, why not download an interesting podcast or blast your  favourite soundtrack and make the decision to walk to your destination. The fresh air and regular exercise will make a noticeable difference to your sleeping patterns and after a little while, you will want to keep it up!

Healthy nutritious food

It can be very tempting to phone for a pizza or stop by your favourite fast food burger joint on the way home from lectures when you’re tired. Sugary, greasy and highly processed food is ok in small amounts, but it is not good for your overall health to have it all the time. Take a look at how often you’re consuming these kinds of foods, and set yourself a weekly meal plan.

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive or a hassle. There is a myriad of cheap, quick and nutritious recipes available online for you to discover.

Stone Soup
A blog that offers delicious, healthy recipes that only require 5 ingredients! Soups, Salads, and event sweet treats, this is a winner! It also has lots important information about how your diet and lifestyle can influence your health.

Well Nourished
Created by a naturopath, this site provides recipes and advice that have evolved from the concept of food as nourishment for the body and soul with an emphasis on understanding the amazing benefits certain foods can deliver. Even a read through of their philosophy is beneficial!

Food Monster on One Green Planet
This is a brilliant website with absolutely everything you could possibly feel like at any time of day. Packed full of gluten free, dairy free and vegan options, you won’t be disappointed!

The Healthy Chef
This one has everything from smoothies to desserts and lots of healthy tips and advice to get you on your way. There’s even step by step recipes on how to do your own dressing, trail mix and guacamole!

Free Apps to Help You Spring Into Action

BigOven
This App is like your personal helper in the kitchen. It has 350,000 recipes memorized, and you can even download a meal plan and grocery list. Search recipes by category and dietary requirements and learn how you can make tasty meals from leftovers.

Epicurious
This App pulls recipes from everywhere and compiles them into one easy to access resource. Find one you like and you can add it to favourites for later. Use the ‘smart timer’ to make sure you never overcook anything, and it also compiles a grocery list for you.

Garden Plate
Ever felt a little intimidated by cooking vegetarian food? Garden Plate is a great resource with photos and clear instructions on how to prepare and cook some knock-out vegetarian meals

Keep an eye out for the uLife calendars around your property to take advantage of free fitness classes provided by some our uRewards partners! Don’t be too hard on yourself and keep it up. You will start to notice a change, and your body and mind will thank you for it.

Good Luck!

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