The ‘Movember’ phenomenon has been strongly focused on men, but now there’s a chance for women to get involved too.
‘MOVE’ is a new way for women to participate in Movember, through a simple 30 day fitness challenge to support men’s physical and mental health.
Fit ‘n’ Fast Penrith General Manager, Rhiannon O’Loughlin, will partake in the new win-win challenge, and encourages local women to do the same.
“I think it’s a great way for women to showcase their strengths. Women will be surprised at how much their bodies can actually achieve,” she said.
“Two of my female employees will take part in this too, and we hope to raise money as a group.”
Whether you walk to work or go for a run, no MOVE is too big or too small and how you get active is up to you.
“It all starts with walking, if you have dogs take them, or just take your children to play at the park,” Ms O’Loughlin said.
“I will squat every day for the whole month, Cassie will do 20 burpees and Jackie will do 20 push-ups every day.”
The Movember Foundation said physical inactivity is the second greatest contributor to the cancer burden in Australia, behind tobacco smoking.
Movember Foundation’s Executive Director, Paul Villanti, said while MOVE will benefit women’s health, it will positively encourage the men in their lives to do the same.
“Moving on a regular basis can lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer by up to 50 per cent,” he said.
To raise awareness of the 12 million Australians who have a sedentary lifestyle, join the MOVEment at www.movember.com.
Blokes ready to grow a mo this November
Mo Bros, it’s that time of year again to grow your mo.
Over the month of November, men of all ages, shapes and sizes across the country are encouraged to grow their moustache, and raise money and awareness for Movember.
While a fun way to compete with your mates on who has the hairiest upper lip, Paul Villanti, Movember Foundation’s Executive Director, said the campaign has a very important goal.
“The Movember moustache helps generate conversations and gets blokes talking about the bigger things in life, and taking action when they have a health problem,” he said.
Millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising funds for projects that focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.
“Since 2003, five million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world have helped raise an amazing $680 million to fund more than 1,000 men’s health projects in 21 countries,” Mr Villanti said.