There aren’t many benefits of the Coronavirus outbreak, but one of them is that people are getting out and exploring Queensland more than usual.
It is amazing how many things there are to learn about this great Country we call home. Over the Ekka weekend Dr Colbrook experienced the Main Range National Park for the first time. For some reason he has been to Springbrook and Lamington, but not there.
After a brief stop at Aratula to support the local economy (which is the best excuse for a visit to the local bakery for an excellent pie he could come up with), he drove on to Cunningham’s Gap and Mt Mitchell.
The Mt Mitchell walking track takes in breathtaking views of the rainforest, surrounding mountain peaks, escarpments and ridges of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area . It is not an easy walk (grade 4 Moderate, 3 hours) but was being enjoyed by families with children through to retirees.
Not only is the walk great exercise, but the peaceful surroundings and awesome views from the summit lift the spirit.
If you want to make changes to improve your body and headspace (a pie can be great for the spirit if you save it for those really special occasions like the top of a mountain) by starting regular exercise try to set some goals that will work for you.
Make your goals easier to achieve – Walking Mt Mitchell may not be the place to start (but there are easier tracks at the Main Ranges and Scenic Rim. Finding 30 – 60 minutes to exercise in one go may be hard to fit in to a busy schedule, might be too big step if you have lost fitness. If this sounds like you, why not set an achievable goal of even just 5 minutes three times a day and increasing this by 5 minutes every 3 weeks.?
Set up a schedule – use your phone to set up reminders and calendar entries. Once it is in there you are more likely to do it.
Get a buddy – its more fun to share challenges with someone, and you can use each other for encouragement. Even if you can’t meet up in person you can now do it virtually.
Keep it fun and enjoy it
Be the tortoise and not the hare – making small changes and meeting small goals is better than aiming too high and not making it happen.
If you fancy getting out and enjoying Queensland there are useful apps for getting ideas. (You will have to make your own mind up about cyber security and whether you wish to access these or not)
At Reydon Street Medical Centre we can help you to make other changes to your health and well being. It is easy – just click her to book a telehealth or face to face consultation.