Keeping physically active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle as regular physical activity can help reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers. It also helps in maintaining a healthy body weight and good mental health.
Physical inactivity is now recognised as being second only to tobacco use as a key risk factor for ill health and recent evidence suggests that regular physical activity has many benefits.
To maintain good health, it is recommended that adults do at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. This can be accumulated in 10-minute lots throughout the day, rather than one 30-minute session.
About half the adult population in Australia does not meet this recommendation. Even incidental physical activity like walking to the local shops, walking the dog and using the stairs instead of a lift are rarely done.
We need to increase the opportunities for physical activity for the community in a variety of ways. Some of our projects focus on increasing incidental activity, such as cycling, walking, and using public transport, while others provide more structured activities such as exercise classes.
Promoting cycling is an area of concentrated activity in our service. Increasing cycling is a way of improving the rate of physical activity among residents of SSWAHS. We do this by: