Have you ever wondered if you’re getting enough exercise during the week? Daily activity is a vital aspect of our health that is often not placed as a priority. Whether we ‘don’t have enough time in the day’ or our ‘bodies are too sore’, we often find excuses to avoid exercise.
As many of us live a stationary life and work at a desk for over 8 hours per day, it’s vital that we highlight the importance of physical activity and the impact that it can have on our physical, but also mental health and wellbeing.
Physical activity has an abundance of benefits and has been proven to improve your health including;
- Reduce the risk of diseases such as heart conditions, diabetes, etc
- Assist weight management
- Strengthen bones and muscles
- Boost energy and mood
The amount of physical activity recommended for Australians is dependent on a variety of factors, including age. According to the Australian Department Of Health, adults aged between 18 – 64 years old should be active on most days and should perform:
- 2.5 -5 hours per week of moderate-intensity physical activity (Walking, Yoga, Swimming, etc.)
- 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous-intensity physical activity (Running, Soccer, etc.)
Unfortunately, over half of Australian adults aren’t getting the recommended amount of physical activity per week. As a result, this can increase their risk of diseases and injuries.
While these guidelines are recommendations, it’s essential to understand that everyone’s health and fitness levels are unique and different. While it may be hard to find time in the day to exercise, making small changes in your daily routine to incorporate more physical movement can make a significant difference.
Incorporating movement into your day.
Choosing to take the stairs or go for a short walk is an easy, healthy habit swap that allows you to increase your movement throughout the day. While taking the stairs may not seem like a major change, moving your body will significantly improve your muscular and cardio health. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gym-goer, any daily movement is better than nothing.
Here at Progressive, our team are passionate about your activity levels to help you improve your overall health and wellbeing. Our in-house exercise physiology group classes are an effective way to increase your exercise and fitness levels. These classes are tailored to every individual’s needs and goals, making them ideal for those seeking guidance with their fitness, strength and balance. If you’re looking to increase your activity levels and don’t know where to start? Talk to the Progressive team this week.