Are You Exercising Enough? Revised Exercise Guidelines You Need to Know
A GLOBAL PROBLEM
Many believe that globally people are not exercising enough to derive the benefit that they should from exercise. It is widely accepted that we are in a worldwide global obesity epidemic. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that (1):
The key highlights of the new National Guidelines that I believe all Aussies need to be aware of are:
1. An increase in the total amount of physical activity required to maintain health is now recommended by WHO for all Australians.
2. The recommended duration of physical activity has increased from 150 minutes each week to between 150 and 300 minutes. That’s 2.5 to 5 hours each week of exercise. Hence if you walk or jog you need to as a minimum be undertaking this activity for example daily (5 days of the week) for 30mins as minimum, or ideally for 1hr each day.
3. The addition of 2 weekly strength/resistance training session to a weekly exercise regime. Many people fail to incorporate regular gym or resistance training (eg pilates, exercise physiology) into their weekly fitness regime.
4. Doing some exercise is better than nothing! Just make a start.
5. Aim to be active every day in some way.
6.Limit sitting time. Sitting has a negative effect on our health.
7. Limit screen time on devices such as laptops, and I-devices, tablets etc.
If you are interested in learning more about the guidelines developed for all Australian age groups you can find the full list of Physical and Sedentary Guidelines HERE.
1. Obesity and Overweight: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/
2. Department of Health -Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines:
PAIN-FREE. PERFORM. PROLONG
Brad Beer (APAM)
Physiotherapist, Founder POGO Physio, Best-selling Author