It’s 2016, the year of the Fire Monkey in regards to the Chinese Zodiac. People born in the year of the Fire Monkey are characterised as being ambitious and adventurous, but irritable. In Australia, we see the monkey as being cheeky and mischievous. What can we take from this Chinese Zodiac that could help our health and fitness? Read on….

Being ambitious and adventurous are superb characteristics and I feel they can help lead to a healthy and active lifestyle. Being adventurous might mean you like to try new things, like mountain biking, going on walking holidays or buying a new plastic kayak for the summer. Being ambitious will only help to drive you to succeed in these new pursuits. Being irritable? Well, we all get irritable from time to time, what better way to cure irritability than to get out on an adventure!

“Research has shown that increased sedentary time is associated with a decline in health”

In Western culture we have a common term, ‘get the monkey off your back’. This can be used in relation to many scenarios where there is an issue or situation that continues to be problematic. One that comes to mind is barriers that prevent people from getting their daily and weekly exercise.

Why is this important?
Research has shown that increased sedentary time is associated with a decline in health. You may have heard the term ‘Sitting is the new smoking’.

There are many excuses that are often used in place of regular exercise. Common examples are a lack of time or being too tired, needing new shoes or new equipment. Whatever it is that is preventing you from getting into a regular exercise program is a barrier, and that barrier is a monkey on your back! Find a solution, break down the barriers and give the monkey a flick. Don’t let it weigh you down, let it drive your ambition and sense of adventure.

Get out there, enjoy nature, enjoy life.