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Being active

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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.
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