Cancer Council Queensland has given a fitness gold medal to a series of new online workout videos available for free to Queenslanders.
The videos were created by accredited exercise physiologist and health guru Katie Williams and were launched this month on healthier.qld.gov.au.
Spokesperson for Cancer Council Queensland, Katie Clift, said all Queenslanders could use the videos to get fit for the Gold Coast Games.
“This is a fantastic online tool to raise your fitness level, fight the fat, and find a free workout to suit you – to get Queensland in strong shape in time for 2018!” Ms Clift said.
“You might not be competing for Australia, but you can take the necessary steps to change your life for the better.
“Being active every day is a great way to feel good, look good, and connect with other Queenslanders.
“We can all start somewhere – the free fitness videos offer a range of workouts to suit your style, fitness level and schedule, including mini workouts that you can complete in just five minutes.
“Take the challenge to move more every day, feel satisfied with who you are, and get fit for any challenge!”
Fitness also improves a person’s chances of enjoying a cancer-free future.
“These videos will help turn couch potatoes into spring beans, providing practical, simple strategies for shaping up.
“Anyone who has been looking for motivation to shape up for summer can start right now.
“We recommend adults aim for between two to five hours of moderate intensity, or up to two and a half hours of vigorous intensity physical activity every week,” Ms Clift said.
“Physical activity should also incorporate muscle strength training on at least two days each week, if possible.”
Around 65 per cent of Queensland adults and 27 per cent of Queensland children are overweight or obese. Queensland’s rate of obesity is significantly higher than the national rate.
The free workouts are a Queensland Health initiative available online at http://healthier.qld.gov.au/search/fitness+videos/.
Queensland schools, businesses and community groups are invited to join CCQ’s QUEST to get moving at quest.org.au.
For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland
Ph: (07) 3634 5372 or 0409 001 171