Active Living

It is important to be active every day. Research shows us that the more time we spend sitting and the less active we are, the greater our risk of health problems such as type-2 diabetes.

Move more, sit less: aim for 150 minutes of activity each weeks and minimise the amount of time you spend sitting each day.

 

TYPES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The National Physical Activity Guidelines encourage Australian adults to aim for 150-300 minutes of moderate physical activity per weeks, or 75-150 minutes of vigorous exercise. This equals 30-60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.

Guide to physical activity levels

Sedentary

Activities using little to no energy such as sitting or lying down.

Light

Activities using some energy, such as standing, moving around the home or workplace.

Moderate

Activities that require some effort, but you can still hold a conversation. For example, walking briskly, gentle swimming, or social tennis.

Vigorous

Activities that make you huff and puff, so talking is difficult. For example jogging, aerobics, football or netball.

 

To learn more about physical activity, visit the Heart Foundation 'Active Living' webpage.