THEY’RE ON THE BALL: Cassie Hughes, right, goes on the attack for Glee in a Far North Coast A-grade women's hockey match against East Lismore at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah.
THEY’RE ON THE BALL: Cassie Hughes, right, goes on the attack for Glee in a Far North Coast A-grade women's hockey match against East Lismore at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah. Stuart Turner

Community sport: A great way to stay active and make friends

IN 2016, in an increasingly digital society, the benefits of playing sport are clearer than ever.

Most studies agree children are getting fatter, their aerobic fitness is declining and physical activity is decreasing nationally.

Meanwhile, obesity continues to plague the adult population in Australia - 64% of us are classified as overweight or obese, according to the Australian Government.

What's more, many more people living in outer regional and remote areas are overweight or obese when compared with people living in major cities.

But it is possible to turn the tide, and local sporting organisations have a key role to play.

From baseball to basket- ball, cricket to tennis, soccer to softball, rugby to rowing, community-based sport provides an excellent way to make new friends, improve athletic skills and improve general physical health while you're at it.

Additionally, Clearing- house, an Australian sporting research body, recently released compelling data detailing the widespread mental health, personal well-being and social cohesion benefits regular physical activity, especially conducted in a team-based environment, can bring.

The Australian Government recommends kids take part in at least an hour (and up to several hours) of moderate to vigorous intensity physical exercise each day.

Adults should partake in at least two-and-a-half to five hours of moderate intensity physical activity a week.

So, really, there's no better time to sign up to one of our local clubs than right now.

Many of sports organ- isations contain a wealth of accumulated knowledge and generations of experience.



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