Exercise

30 minutes of physical activity every day

For good health, Australian’s should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity every day. You may choose to do this all at once or you can split it up into shorter bouts of 10-15 minutes. Moderate intensity physical activity is being active enough that your heart is beating a little bit faster and you are “lightly puffing” but can still hold a conversation.  If you can sing or whistle a tune, you need to work a little bit harder. 

Keep in mind that the above recommendations are for general health – if your goal is to lose weight you may need to do more than 30 minutes. 

Finding the motivation to exercise is often more challenging than exercising itself. It’s important to find your own source of motivation, in order to achieve your exercise goals and keep you moving long term. 

Our top five tips to keeping motivated: 

  • Join a friend – You’ll be more motivated to keep up your exercise schedule if you know someone else is relying on you. 
  • Plan ahead – Dedicate time each day to exercise, it will be easier to keep to a schedule and you will start to form a routine. 
  • Keep a diary – Track your progress and make goals, if you can see how well you’re tracking you’re more likely to keep up the good work. 
  • Motivation – Surround yourself with positive role models to remind you why exercise is important and encourage you to continue. 
  • Reward yourself – Treat yourself to new exercise gear or a massage to keep you motivated and celebrate your achievements. 

Being physically active every day is important for people of all ages and has a positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing. 

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