Video #1: Exercise
Low levels of physical activity have become a big health problem in Australia. Our world has changed so much it has become easy for people to get things done without having to move around much. Instead of hunting for our food, now we can go to the store. Instead of walking to get to places, we now have cars.
Not being active enough has made our people more likely to have health problems like diabetes, overweight and heart problems.
Being physically active is not just about playing sport. Anything that gets your body moving is physical activity. If you walk to the store it means you a moving your body, making your muscles work and giving your heart a small workout. There are many things you can do that makes you body work. Sport is a good way to do it but things that we do in our everyday lives can count as well.
The health benefits of physical activity
It is now known that being physically active has many good effects on our health. There has been a lot of research in this area and the findings have been so strong that doctors are now asking people to be more active as it can help improve their health in many ways.
Physical activity can:
How much physical activity do we need to do
Adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. This really should be ‘moderate’ activity which means it’s something that makes our breathing and heart rate fast. You can start by doing three lots in the day of 10 minutes each and gradually work up to doing 30 minutes at a time. Kids and teenagers should be doing at least 60 minutes of ‘moderate’ activity a day. Things like: fast walking, slow jogging, dancing, cycling, cleaning the house and gardening count as moderate activity.
If you can do something very active a few times a week this will help you even more. This is called ‘vigorous’ activity and makes our heart rate and breathing go even faster. Examples of activities that can count as ‘vigorous’ activity includes: running, fast cycling and very active sport like basketball or football.
Video #2: Set Your Goals and Strive to Achieve Them
Getting Started – Staying Motivated
It’s pretty amazing that something as simple as being more active everyday can improve our health in so many ways. But we need to keep it in our minds all the time so that we make it part of our lives and develop the habit of being more active. There are a few things you can think about if you decide you want to find ways to be more physically active:
If you want to start or want help to stay motivated it’s good to discuss this with the health staff, your family or friends. They can help you think about some ways to help you overcome any problems you might be having. Family and friends are also very good to help you stay motivated especially if you’ve decided to make a healthy change together.