National Physical Activity Guidelines – are you doing enough?

National Physical Activity Guidelines – are you doing enough?

Claire Shield – Senior Physiotherapist

 

There have been plenty of health-related articles published in the news recently suggesting our nation is getting more obese, we sit too much, and we don’t do enough physical activity. The Australian Physiotherapy Association have been promoting this year a national campaign saying that “Sitting is the new Smoking” – that’s how bad it is for us! We know we should be doing more physical activity, but how much is enough?

Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines have recently been released by the Department of Health, providing tailored recommendations about the level and variety of exercise you should do each day and per week. The guidelines are separated into age groups, including children, teens, adults (range of 18-65 years) and older Australians (65 years and older). Go to The Department of Health website to find out more information

http://health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pubhlth-strateg-phys-act-guidelines

Take a look at these guidelines for the adult (18 – 65 years) group – are you doing enough?

  • Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (2 ½ to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity, or 75 to 150 minutes (1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.
  • Be active on most, preferably all, days every week.
  • Do muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week.
  • Doing any physical activity is better than doing none! If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.

Think about when and where you can be physically active. Making some small changes to your daily routine

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