New Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

Australia's new Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines provide the framework for living a healthy and active lifestyle that reduces your risk of developing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes.


Some of the key recommendations are:


For children aged 5 - 12 years

  • For health benefits, children aged 5-12 years should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day
  • Use of electronic media for entertainment (e.g. television, seated electronic games and computer use) to no more than two hours a day - lower levels are associated with reduced health risks.


For adults aged 18 - 64 years

  • Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommend amount
  • Be active on most, preferably all, days every week
  • Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (2 ½ to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week
  • Do muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week.


For older people - 65 years and older

  • Being physically active and staying fit and healthy will help you to get the most out of life, whatever your age. These recommendations are designed to help older Australians achieve sufficient physical activity for good health as they age. They are mainly for people who are not currently building 30 minutes of physical activity into their daily lives and are looking for ways they can do so.


SEE ALSO:  Healthy Living 


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