More and more people these days are monitoring how far they move each day, thanks to wearable devices like Fitbits and Apple Watches. They allow you to do things like count the number of steps that you take each day, and many health and fitness enthusiasts set themselves daily targets.
You might be wondering:
· how many steps you need to take each day to stay fit,
· how to stay fit without running, and
· how far you should walk each day to keep fit.
Read on to find out!
How many steps you need to take each day to stay fit
A recent Australian study found that people who take 10,000 or more steps a day have a 46% lower risk of early death due to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. People with higher daily step counts also spend less time in hospital. In addition, increasing your step count by 1,000 per day reduces your risk of dying prematurely by 6%.
According to the Australian Health Survey, the average Australian adult takes 7,400 steps per day.
How to stay fit without running
The pace of the steps you take each day also has an impact on the fitness benefits you’ll gain. You don’t necessarily have to run though. If you’re walking briskly, you’re getting a more intense work out than if you’re dawdling.
How far you should walk each day to keep fit
10,000 steps is about 8 kilometres. That will take you about 1 hour and 40 minutes at a moderate walking pace.
How you can achieve your daily step target
You don’t necessarily need to do 8 kilometres all at once. For example, you could combine any walks that you might do to work, the shops or at work throughout your day. This movement helps you to burn calories.
The technical term for burning calories is ‘activity thermogenesis’. You can burn calories whether you’re formally exercising or not. The key thing is regular daily movement to maintain your fitness and health. The acronym ‘NEAT’ has been coined to describe ‘non-exercise activity thermogenesis’, like taking the stairs in a building rather than using a lift.
How we can help you to keep fit and healthy at Searipple Village
At Searipple Village in Karratha, there are plenty of ways that you can conveniently get your daily health and fitness fix. We’re located just 3.2 kilometres from the City Centre, so a walk there and back will get you to 80% of your daily steps target!
We’re also next to the beach if you’d prefer a scenic walk. We have two onsite gyms where you can work out if you want as well.
And of course, we have plenty of space for you to unwind and relax too, with great rooms, a range of dining options and a licensed social hub. After all, life is a balance!
We’re just a 20-minute drive from the Karratha Airport and very popular with FIFO workers.
Karratha, in the heart of the beautiful and rugged Pilbara, is a premier West Australian holiday destination waiting to be explored.
The team at Searipple Village Karratha have got you covered with a selection of some of the best things to do in Karratha during your stay.
Read on to discover what to do in Karratha.
Here are a couple of favourites:
You’ve heard of a staircase to heaven, but have you ever heard of a staircase to the moon?
One of Karratha’s most famous attractions, staircase to the moon is a natural phenomenon, which creates a stunning illusion caused by the reflection of the full moon on the mudflats at Hearson’s Cove at extremely low tides. Be there between April to October – you have to see it to believe it!
Feeling active? Find 30 and soak up picturesque, panoramic Karratha views on a 3.5-kilometre stroll through the Yaburara Heritage Trail.
Feast your eyes on beautiful flora and fauna and even ancient Aboriginal sites including rock carvings and artefact scatters.
Trail maps and further information on associated flora, fauna, geology and indigenous heritage are available from the Karratha Visitor Centre.
Fancy a day trip? Just a 2-hour drive will see you in the heartland of the Yindjibarndi people and a lush oasis of deep gorges and palm-fringed rock pools – now you can’t beat that!
There are plenty more attractions. Visit the Karratha Visitor Centre website to find out more.
Spending the festive season in Karratha this year?
Be sure to check out:
- The Sharpe Avenue Christmas light walk
- Christmas Crafts
- Christmas Carols
A bit arty? You may be surprised to learn that Karratha has an arts precinct – The Red Earth Arts Precinct.
From movies, theatre and art exhibitions, there’s really something for everyone.
One of the most exciting events coming to Karratha is ‘Bennelong by Bangarra’. In a unique Australian dance language, Bennelong celebrates the continuation of life and culture through the power, brilliance and passion of Bangarra’s artists.
Find out more about this fantastic show coming in February 2020 and other upcoming Karratha events.
Searipple Village Facilities
After a hard day’s work on the mine site, you’ll need somewhere to rest your head and rejuvenate for the day ahead.
With an array of facilities, Searipple Village Karratha is the perfect place to do it.
Let’s take a look.
- Licenced Social Hub – relax and unwind, with great food, ambience and ice-cold
- Pool tables – challenge your friends or workmates to a game or two.
- Two fully equipped gyms – get your heart pumping and those muscles strong.
- Day/night hard tennis court – work up a sweat and have some fun with a game of tennis.
- Grass playing field – play a game of touch footy or cricket.
- Swimming pools – keep cool in one of their two swimming pools.
- A range of dining options:
- Tates – traditional buffet service
- Gunners –cooked to order grill and stir fry
- Coromal – dine alfresco in the Beer Garden
Searipple Village in Karratha really has everything you need in one location to help you solve the question: What to do in Karratha?
With so many facilities, comfortable rooms and a location only five minutes from the Karratha City Centre, next to the beach and a 20-minute drive from the airport, what more could you want?
Searipple Village – Your home in the Pilbara
Now that you know what to do in Karratha, are you ready to start exploring?
Contact Searipple Karratha today to experience quality accommodation with great facilities at an affordable price.
If you’re a shift worker or doing FIFO, it’s important to look after your health. Don’t fall into the trap of doing less exercise due to work priorities. Consider the following statistics:
- shift workers have higher rates of obesity (30%) than the general population (24% of men and 23% of women),
- shift workers are more likely to smoke than the general population, and
- shift work has been linked to the development of serious conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
But the good news is that you don’t have to become one of these statistics. Here’s how you can stay fit and healthy while working nights.
1. Make exercise part of your daily routine
There’s no excuse not to exercise and the health benefits are obvious. None of us work 24 hours a day and you should only need around 8 hours of sleep per day.
You need to schedule some time each day or week for physical activity, no matter what it is. You’ll find it easier to find that time if you schedule an activity that you enjoy doing.
Exercising is not only good for your physical health; it helps your mental health as well. That’s because your body releases chemicals called endorphins into your brain. These endorphins can help to relieve stress, boost your mood, and improve your self-esteem. Exercising can also help to improve your sleep patterns, which many shift workers often find challenging.
2. Quit smoking (or don’t start)
Everyone knows that smoking isn’t good for your health, so there’s no reason to do it. Here are just three side effects of smoking:
- it harms nearly every organ in your body,
- it causes cardiovascular disease, and
- it prematurely ages you.
If you already smoke, try quitting (or at least cut back). If you don’t smoke, don’t start and use shift work as an excuse.
3. Make sure you get the right amount of sleep
The right amount of sleep helps to rejuvenate your body so that you can stay fit and healthy. It helps to keep your immune system strong and it’s also good for your mental health.
On the flip side, not enough sleep can affect both your physical and mental health. A lack of sleep has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. A lack of sleep can also contribute to workplace accidents due to fatigue.
How we can help
Searipple Village in Karratha has everything you need to stay fit and healthy in one convenient location. We have two fully equipped gyms onsite, as well as two pools, a tennis court and grass playing field that’s perfect for a game of touch football or cricket. We have our own Lifestyle Coordinator onsite who can provide exercise and nutrition advice and develop an individual program for you.
We offer a range of accommodation and dining options, and we’re just 20 minutes from Karratha Airport.
Contact us today if you’d like to find out more or make a booking!
March 2016 – Searipple Village recently hosted Matt Bowen (centre of photo), former Kangaroo and Queensland Cowboys Star, together with the West Coast Pirates Futures Rugby League Team during the annual NRL Pilbara Roadshow.
The Pilbara Roadshow seeks to develop local Rugby League through the provision of a series of community events that showcase the game.
May 2015 – Our aim is to have Searipple feel like your home in the Pilbara, somewhere that you feel comfortable, secure and can be yourself.
To assist in making this occur we’ve employed Brodie. Brodie’s remit is to make you feel at home. Sure he runs gym classes, weekend excursions and social events, but what he is most focused on is getting to know you.
He’s a great bloke who loves a chat and he will probably introduce himself to you during your stay.
May 2015 – As part of our efforts to make Searipple ‘Your home in the Pilbara’ we now provide a free phone and internet service in our Queen Rooms. Guests can also connect to our free WiFi service at the Dining Complex.
Dec 14 – Searipple Karratha had the pleasure of the West Coast Fever Netball Team staying with us during their Karratha Training Camp from 11-13 December 2014.