How much physical activity do we need?

We’ve probably all heard that walking is the best medicine. But over the past decade, there has been an alarming decline in physical activity in western societies. Many health experts are announcing this as the ‘biggest health problem of the century’.

Regular exercise can result in:

  • Increased risk of certain cancers and high blood pressure
  • Decrease in cardiovascular health
  • Contribute to mental illnesses including depression and anxiety
  • Greater risk of early death

Benefits of regular exercise

Keeping active can help ensure that your body’s systems are running optimally. Some major benefits of physical activity include lower blood pressure and cholesterol, better heart health, improved balance, increased muscle and bone strength, and lower risk of dementia and type 2 diabetes. Most importantly, exercise contributes to better quality of life as it improves your mood, increases your energy levels and helps you sleep better at night!

How much physical activity do we need?

Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per day, with 45-60 minutes of cumulative daily activity being preferred. Exercise intensity refers to the amount of physical power that the body uses when performing an activity. Moderate intensity is generally when you’re working hard enough to have a slight shortness of breath, but you can keep up conversation.

What is the best physical activity?

The best exercise is the one that appeals most to you. Choose something you enjoy that will enable you to keep to the recommended daily 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise.

Our daily routines are getting busier and exercise often takes a back seat to work, family life and social activities. If you need help incorporating exercise into your routine, please speak with one of our friendly staff today. Book your appointment online now.