Being active every day can help us to stay physically and mentally well. Being active does not mean signing up to run a marathon. Choosing to move more and sit less is a simple way to get moving more every day.
- Being active makes you feel better – physically and mentally. It also reduces the risk of many health problems, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, anxiety, depression, unhealthy weight gain and even some cancers.
- Doing any physical activity is better than doing none.
- The Australian Department of Health recommends adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity 5 days a week. That means activities that take a bit of effort, but you can still have a conversation while doing them – like a brisk walk, dancing or even taking the stairs.
- At least 75 minutes a week of vigorous activity is recommended for adults looking for a bit of a challenge. This means activities that make you puff – like jogging or competitive sports.
There are lots of locations around our communities that promote being active.
- Check whether your local school grounds and local Land Councils are open in the afternoon or on the weekend.
- Community halls and sporting grounds, parks and reserves are other great places to walk, play and be active.
- Check your local council website for a list of community and cultural facilities in your area.