Think active. Be active.
Physical activity is fundamental to a healthy lifestyle. It provides positive effects upon physical, emotional and social wellbeing.
The national activity guidelines recommend Australian adults participate in 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75-150 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity (or a combination of both) each week. By following these exercise recommendations you will produce health benefits and can increase your quality of life.
Did you know?
- According to the 2003 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), physical inactivity is responsible for approximately 7% of the total burden of disease in Australia.
- More than half of all Australian adults do not participate in adequate amounts of physical activity.
- Only 30% of Australians report that they participate in physical activity more than once a week.
- Physical activity has a positive impact on mental wellbeing. This is particularly important as globally, depression is the leading cause of disability, and a significant contributor to the global burden of disease.
- Although many adults meet the recommended daily amount of physical activity, some still sit for many hours. Prolonged sitting time can lead to poor health outcomes that are independent of those related to physical activity.
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