Stand up and get ac­tive

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

IT MAY come as a sur­prise to find out many Aussies pre­fer couch time to get­ting ac­tive if given the chance.

A LiveLighter sur­vey of Aus­tralians aged 25-49 found that if given a spare 60 min­utes in the day, well over half would choose a seden­tary be­hav­iour.

Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, the most pop­u­lar seden­tary ac­tiv­ity cho­sen was watch­ing TV (23%), fol­lowed by read­ing a book (14%), sleep­ing (10%), brows­ing the in­ter­net (7%), and gam­ing (3%).

Sit­ting less and mov­ing more daily is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial for over­all health and well-be­ing, so th­ese new fig­ures are con­cern­ing for Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land.

Seden­tary be­hav­iours are linked to an in­creased risk of over­weight and obe­sity, and de­vel­op­ing a range of chronic dis­eases, in­clud­ing some can­cers.

Aus­tralia’s Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity & Seden­tary Be­hav­iour Guide­lines for Adults rec­om­mend 150 to 300 min­utes of mod­er­ate in­ten­sity or 75 to 150 min­utes of vig­or­ous in­ten­sity phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity per week.

It’s time to switch off the tele­vi­sion, put down your phone and in­stead find ac­tive ways to keep busy.

To help keep you mo­tived, fo­cus on phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties you en­joy and find a rou­tine that’s tai­lored to your needs.

Of the sur­vey re­spon­dents who re­ported not do­ing enough phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, 30% said the main bar­rier was lack of time, fol­lowed by a lack of en­joy­ment of ex­er­cise (13%) and a pref­er­ence for do­ing things other than phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity (9%).

It’s im­por­tant to start small and set goals to keep you com­mit­ted. — Ms Chris McMil­lan Cancer Coun­cil Qld

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