Tomorrow is Global Running Day – a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving.
One of the easiest ways to motivate yourself to get active is to take part in an organised event, so that you have a deadline to work towards. Once you register, the countdown to get fit begins – and you don’t have to do it alone!
Team CCQ is a community fitness movement founded by Cancer Council Queensland to encourage runners, gym-goers and fitness enthusiasts across Queensland to lace up their joggers and support the cause; there are several active events that Team CCQ will be at this year that are now open for registration.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan, who is an active runner herself, said joining Team CCQ is a great way to reduce your risk of cancer and help those affected by the disease.
“We know that at least one-third of all cancer cases are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices, including being active and maintaining a healthy weight,” Ms McMillan said.
“Make the commitment to a healthier lifestyle this Global Running Day and become a member of Team CCQ.
“Whether you sign up for the Gold Coast Marathon in July, The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane or Sunshine Coast Marathon in August, or a local event, participate as part of Team CCQ and raise funds for the cause.
“Adding a fundraising element to your personal fitness challenge is a positive way to make a true difference in the lives of Queenslanders affected by cancer as you will be helping us continue our vital work in research, prevention and support.”
Queenslanders can sign up to Team CCQ for free at cancerqld.org.au/getmoving.
Becoming a member of Team CCQ gives Queenslanders access to free recipes and active advice, unlock fundraising awards and access to fundraising tips.
For more information about Cancer Council Queensland visit cancerqld.org.au or phone 13 11 20.
Tips to get moving
Here are four suggestions to help Queenslanders get started on their fitness journey.
One, don’t go it alone. Join a fitness community like Team CCQ or enlist a friend to be your training partner to assist with your motivation. Make sure to involve your family too, as they are often a great support. They’ll enjoy watching you on your journey and may even be convinced to join you on it.
Two, set your timeline. Choose the fun run, marathon or triathlon you want to take part in. Make sure your goal is realistic, so if you are a beginner complete a shorter endurance event like a 5km or 10km if you only have three to six months to prepare.
Three, start small and start early. Schedule in when you will exercise each week to make sure you follow through and tailor your training program to your fitness level. While some of your workouts can be shorter, you should include at least one weekly long run to build up your endurance. As a beginner speed isn’t important, and many people find it useful to start by running for five minutes and then walking for one minute to allow for recovery and gradually build up fitness.
Four, look at the big picture to keep your body in good health and prevent injury. A balanced diet will allow you to fuel yourself for the runs, whilst making sure you have enough sleep will help with your energy levels. Make sure to stay hydrated and SunSmart for your runs and don’t forget to stretch. Plus, schedule in strength and conditioning sessions to help prevent injuries and stay on top of sore spots by rolling out or having a massage.
For more information or interviews, please contact:
Lisa Maynard, Public Relations and Social Media Manager, Cancer Council Queensland
P. (07) 3634 5171 or E. firstname.lastname@example.org