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Wednesday March 14, 2012

Is your only exercise a stroll to the coffee shop?

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Does the thought of treadmills and tights bring on a sweat? Is a stroll to the coffee shop your only work out?

The Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences aims to provide support for UOW staff (and their friends and partners) not currently engaged in exercise through a new program offering free exercise advice and assistance.

The initiative will give final year Exercise Science students the opportunity to gain practical experience through the development of physical activity programs for UOW staff struggling to find time for fitness in their busy schedules.

All programs will be developed at no cost and will not rely on the use of facilities. Students will be assisted by local accredited Exercise Physiologist Jenny Wilkie and Exercise Science staff, Dr Herb Groeller and Angela Douglas.

"This is a great chance for students to interact with real clients and improve their exercise counselling skills," Dr Groeller said.

"They'll also learn how to interact with all sorts of different people, something that can only be taught through practical experience."

Dr Groeller said the program was created in response to a lack of physical activity within the broader community.

"The evidence is very clear that for good health we should try to participate in 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week," he said.

"Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more difficult in our modern community to make physical activity a normal part of our busy daily lives."

Dr Groeller said one of the program's goals was to help staff discover ways to incorporate physical activity into their working week.

"It is not uncommon for people to feel intimidated when exercising in a gym setting or find the time to attend group exercise classes. The students will show participants that exercise doesn't have to be scary or inconvenient and that they can achieve their goals simply by modifying everyday activities," he said.

"Last year many UOW staff commented after working with our students that they really enjoyed the experience and were more motivated to increase their level of physical activity. Due to the success last year, we are also opening up this free service to friends and partners of UOW staff."

For more information or to get involved contact Dr Herb Groeller on 4221 3461 or email

Source: University Of Wollongong

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