Exercise Right Week, from 20-26 May 2019, is about promoting the health benefits of physical activity and showing all Australians how they can ‘exercise right’ for their needs. The theme this year is ‘active ageing’ and everyone should be encouraged to exercise regularly throughout all stages of life.
Physical benefits of exercise include lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart attack and more energy. Regular exercise can also help with depression, lift your mood and improve sleep patterns.
How can you get involved?
There are so many ways to exercise, so it’s important to tailor your regime to your own preferences, fitness level and health. We’ve listed some ways you can add more physical activity to your life, while having fun at the same time.
Look for incidental ways to move your body every day. Walk or cycle to the local shops instead of driving the car. Use the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.
Involve the whole family in keeping fit. Arrange for outings that are physically active such as walking the dog, rowing, hiking, rock climbing and dancing.
Make it a social event. Find a friend or family member to be active with so you can motivate and reward each other. Joining a local fitness club or class can be a good way to make friends and interact with others in the community too.
Get active around the house. Housework, washing your pet and gardening are all physical activities that burn calories and help keep you fit.
Make it enjoyable. Pick an activity (or range of activities) that appeals to you, since you’re more likely to stick to an exercise plan if you like it.
To find out more information, visit Exercise Right Week