Physical activity is something that everyone can enjoy. Making activity a regular part of your day has lots of benefits for you and our community. From our mountains and lakes, bike paths and bushwalks, to our local fitness specialists, gyms, sporting clubs and swimming pools, there are many ways to get active.
Great Reasons to be Active
Being active is good for you in so many ways. It can provide a huge range of fun experiences, make you feel good, improve your health, and it is a great way to relax and enjoy the company of your friends. Regular physical activity can:
Help prevent heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure;
Reduce the risk of developing type II diabetes and some cancers;
Help build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints reducing the risk of injury; and
Promote psychological well-being.
Tips for Including More Physical Activity in Your Day
Increases in daily activity can come from small changes made throughout your day – they all add up. You can accumulate your 30 minutes (or more) of physical activity for health throughout the day by combining a few shorter sessions of activity of around 10 to 15 minutes each. To make a habit out of increasing activity in your day, you can:
Park further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way;
Walk or cycle instead of using the car for short trips;
Swim in the local pools or paddle on the lake;
Take your dog (or a neighbour’s dog) for a walk;
Work in the community garden;
Visit the skate park with a friend;
Catch up with friends by walking together rather than going for coffee, or
Try a new sport or go back to one you have played before.
To achieve extra health benefits, or to increase fitness, you will also need to add regular vigorous activity to your routine on three or four days a week, for a minimum of around 30 minutes. Vigorous activity includes such things as running, football, circuit training, speed walking, jogging, fast cycling or brisk paddling. This type of activity will also help to maintain a healthy weight.