Do you remember when people used to say “work as hard as you can for as long as you can because this is the only way to get any real benefit from your training and anything less than this is a waste of time”. Well that’s what was believed back then, now thankfully we know better. Health benefits can be gained with as little as 30 minutes of regular moderate activity at least 5 days a week.
Every little bit helps and you can start making a difference to your quality of life both now and in the future by finding this time and making a little effort. If you are after some exercise tips simply download our e-book today!
Regular moderate activity will help you to:
- Reduce the risk of dying prematurely
- Reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and high blood pressure
- Reduce feelings of depression and anxiety
- Help weight management
- Build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints
- Promote psychological wellbeing.
- Regular exercise will also help to improve your quality of life, manage these health conditions and prevent their re-occurrence.
Is 30 minutes a day is enough?
Yes it is. The recommendation is for adults to be moderately active for 30 minutes every day. If the activity is more intense, you can do it for less than 30 minutes and still receive the health benefits. Some examples of moderate physical activity are:
- Walking your dog 45 minutes
- Gardening for 30 to 45 minutes
- Power walking 3 to 4km.
- Bicycling 8km in 30 minutes
- Swimming laps for 30 minutes
- Running 4-5km in 30 mins or 2.5km in 15 minutes.
Move it or lose it! Never has this been so true.
Around 45 per cent of Victorians aren’t active enough and more than 10 per cent of them are completely sedentary. Did you know that sedentary people are twice as likely to die from heart disease than those who are moderately active.
Do any of these Excuses Excuses sound familiar!!
- Not enough time
- Not enough motivation
- Injury or illness
- Not being the sporty type
- Child care (young women)
- Cost and transport.
Although valid are some of the reasons above, it has never been more important to consider you health and longevity. Do you want to be around for your family, children, your grand children? If the answer is yes, get moving and make the changes today.
The death toll is high
Physical inactivity may be responsible for up to 9 per cent of the total years of life lost through premature death from heart disease, colon cancer, stroke and diabetes. This makes physical inactivity an important risk factor, similar to high blood pressure and obesity.
You can improve your health, fitness and general wellbeing by participating in 30 minutes of moderate activity at least 5 days a week.
The 30 minutes can be made up of three 10 minutes sessions or two 15 minute sessions if 30 minutes in one go is too much at first but aim to get to 30 minutes at one time eventually. Any activity is better than none and remember to increase incidental exercise, ie take the stairs and not the lift, walk to the train station rather than dirve. Are you getting the message?..
Physical inactivity is an important risk factor in premature death so think about living longer and living stronger now.
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