Let’s get physical!
Now that summer has landed in Australia, you might be thinking about different ways to make the most of the sunlight hours, and to kick-start those body movement goals!
Physical Activity is linked to many outcomes: physical and mental wellbeing, and social health outcomes.
It may not come to mind, but one of the simplest and most obvious ways to enjoy the sunshine and help to improve mood – even to prepare for evening relaxation, is not to sit. It’s to… get physical!
Nothing too extreme – at the least: 30 mins minutes of physical activity a day.
Doing any physical activity is better than doing none (particularly for adults).
Physical activity can be in many different forms and at different levels of intensity.
It is any activity that gets your body moving, makes your breathing become quicker, and your heart beat faster. Among many things, increased PA levels (2 ½ – 5hrs of moderate activity) can:
- Reduce the risk of, or help to manage type 2 diabetes
- Reduce the risk of, or help manage, cardiovascular disease (CVD).
- Maintain and/or improve blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels
- Reduce the risk of, and assist with rehabilitation, from cancers.
- Prevent unhealthy weight gain and assist with weight loss.
- Build strong muscles and bones.
- Create opportunities for socialising and meeting new people.
- Help to prevent and manage health problems.
- Give you more energy.
- Help you sleep better.
- Improved self-esteem and confidence.
- Help with management of anxiety and stress.
- Improved concentration.
Let’s get physical!
At the end of a year (soon to be, the start of a new DECADE), most people resolve that they will: “exercise more”, “lose weight in the New Year” or “get fit”. If you (an adult) currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount – a total of 2 ½ to 5 hours of moderate intensity, or up to 2 ½ hours vigorous intensity exercise, each week.
What will moderate exercise achieve?
Better than sitting down for long periods, being active on most, preferably all days of every week, provides not only physical, but also mental health and wellbeing.
There are many ways to incorporate Physical Activity into your day.
- For short trips, walk or cycle and leave the car at home.
- For longer trips, walk or cycle part of the way.
- Use the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.
- Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
- Park further away from your destination and walk.
Work is where we spend most of our “time” idle and not moving, so the workplace is the best place to practice being active:
- Take the stairs instead of the lift.
- Walk to deliver a message to a colleague (rather than email).
- Leave your desk at lunchtime and enjoy a short walk outside.
- Organise WALKING meetings.
The best things in life are FREE!
The great thing about most physical activity, especially walking, is that it costs nothing; except time, and a little effort…so, what are you waiting for?
If you want a healthier heart, mind and body, get your daily balance “ON” ~ BE SAFE. BE ACTIVE!