Nutrition 101

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They say that getting into shape requires more work in the kitchen, then in the gym. The old rule of thumb says: 20% Exercise, 80% Good Diet. We prefer to say 110% dedication to a healthy lifestyle with a good balanced diet, a fun and challenging exercise regime is the key!

Unfortunately, poor diet and lifestyle choices have led to a shocking 60 percent of our nation’s population being classed as overweight or obese.It has been reported that people who are overweight, and particularly those who are obese, have higher rates of death and illness than people of a healthy weight. Being overweight can lead to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, psychological problems, and reproductive problems in women. This shocking information is more than enough reason to start thinking about making a few lifestyle choices to improve your health as well as the quality of your life!

The Importance of Good Nutrition
Good nutrition is extremely valuable not only to complement your training program and maximise the benefits of exercise, but also for general health and wellbeing. Good nutrition is essential for the body and all its systems to function optimally for your entire lifetime. Good nutrition supports our physical and mental health by providing energy, assisting quality sleep, and giving your body what it needs to function at its best, so you can be ready to take on any challenge set out in front of you!

What determines a healthy diet?
Nutrition is a vast scientific field and there is an enormous amount of varied information out there, a quick search on the web may leave you asking more questions than when you began and leave you feeling overwhelmed and disheartened. However, good nutrition doesn’t need to be so complicated. It simply means consuming good, clean, natural and nutrient-rich foods that promote not only good health but also increase your mental health and resistance to any nasty’s that may try to harm your body too.

But where do I start, you ask?
Here are a few tips to help you on your way. Fuel up with some good wholesome food that your mind, body and spirit will thank you for, weeks, months and even years down the track:

  • ENERGY IN = ENERGY OUT. That means, try to burn as much energy as you eat, and try to eat as much energy as you burn, as a healthy weight is a balance between those two.
  • Increase consumption of life-giving plants, particularly fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts.
  • Limit intake of fat and oil, and avoid saturated fats, which are those that become solid at room temperature (such as coconut oil) and all animal products including meat, dairy, and eggs.
  • Use unsaturated fats, which remain liquid at room temperature, and which are found in almost all plant-based oils and foods
  • Eliminate trans-fatty acids
  • Limit intake of granulated sugar
  • Limit salt/sodium consumption and ensure that any salt consumed is iodised
  • Eat in moderation and at regular intervals
  • Avoid or limit the amount of processed foods
  • Consume less alcohol
  • Maintain proper hydration levels throughout the day.

We are all unique, and so are the specific formulas for a healthy diet. Personal taste and preference play a huge role in exactly what you consume, but the principles remain the same no matter what your taste or where in the world you may live.

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This week is Men’s Health Week, an important time in the year to raise awareness in preventable health issues in men and encourage the early detection and treatment of diseases amongst men and boys. 

With only 27% of men being active enough to stay healthy, it's important to prioritise your health and get movement into your day. 

To help raise awareness for the week, we interviewed Mark. One of our very dedicated members of PARC who has gone through his own journey to become active and healthy in his life. We spoke about the start to his health journey, his relationship with the PARC community and why he thinks that men's health is so important.

To read our blog interview with Mark head to the link in our bio.

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We'd like to congratulate the following Peninsula Leisure team members for their nominations in the upcoming ARV award night! 

The Aquatic and Recreation Victoria Industry recognises outstanding achievement and commitment to the industry through an annual awards night. We are very excited to be recognising the following PL team members:

⭐️ Individual Nominations:
• Duty Manager: Mark Butterfield 
• Pool Lifeguard: Bailey Sullivan
• Customer Service: Claire Ford
• Swim Teacher: Shannon Gardner
• Swim Teacher, Infants: Kate Newton
• Membership Sales: Chris Rich
• Personal Trainer: Jesslyn Credlin
• Emerging Leader: Gaston Freddi

⭐️ Facility/Program Nominations:
• Innovative program: Active Pathways
• Community Impact: Activating Vulnerable Communities' project 
• Facility Management Award - Seasonal: Pines Forest Aquatic Centre

Good luck and well done to all! The Gala Awards in on 21 June so we will report back to see if any of these amazing team members have WON their categories.

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New Les Mills content has been added to PARC Plus, just in time for the long weekend! 

If you’re heading away for the King’s Birthday weekend or just not able to get into Centre, you can still keep up your routine with our own demand platform. We’ve added 20 new classes to our library, so theres something there for everyone! 🧘‍♀️🤸🏋️‍♂️

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can access it via our website through the link in our bio. 

PS. Our studios will be closed this long weekend so please check our customer portal for our update group exercise timetable.

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We’ve just had our first entry into our My Purpose Challenge! 

One of our dedicated members has filled out 16 stamps meaning that they have come everyday to PARC since our challenge started. They’ve earned their entry into winning one of 100 exclusive PARC gym bags! 🎉🎊

You can find the challenge entry box for your card at our reception.

PS: If you’re completing the challenges on the second side of the card, make sure to hold onto it so we can record your results in week 6!

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Just another friendly reminder for our King's Birthday Public Holiday Opening Hours.
We’ll be open Monday 10 June, so come on down for a splash with the family!
Centre: 7am – 7pm
Waterslides – 10am – 6pm
Café: 8am – 5pm
Childcare – Closed
PARC Swim – No Lessons

Group Exercise – 
Studio 1 & 2 will be closed for maintenance works from Friday 7 June – Monday 10 June. The maintenance works will ensure that the studio floors are tip top, and continue to be safe for everyone to workout on! 

We have organised an updated timetable so you can still attend your favourite classed. Visit the link to our Xplor Customer Portal in the link in our bio.

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