During the week April 29th to May 6th 2018, the National Heart Foundation celebrates Heart Week. This year they are promoting the benefits of physical activity on heart health.
The ‘Don’t Get the SITS’ campaign aims to get Australians moving in order to improve heart health. Being active for at least 30 minutes per day has many positive benefits for the heart and our overall health and wellbeing, including:
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced cholesterol
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Improved mood and reduced symptoms of depression
- Improved management of blood sugar levels
- Helps to achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- Increases bone strength
- Improves joint and muscle health and functionality
- Lowers the risk of falls
- Improves sleep
Over half of Australians do not get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day. We are on largely a very inactive nation which has resulted in around 2 in 3 adults being considered overweight or obese. Worryingly, this trend is starting younger with one in four children now considered overweight or obese.
The key to achieving the recommended minimum of 30 minutes per day is to find an activity that you enjoy. The gym, group fitness […]