The Australian Government’s new campaign, ‘Find your 30’ is all about getting Australians to commit to 30 minutes of activity per day. Australia has a reputation as a sporting nation, but these days the everyday Australian is more likely to be found sitting on the couch watching sport rather than participating in it. While we are often passionate supporters of our sporting team, we now need to put as much passion into participating in sport as we do into watching it. With obesity levels at all-time highs, Australians need to start moving as though our lives depend on it – because, when you think about it, they do.
The Find your 30 campaign is about finding ways that anyone – no matter how busy, tired, inactive or old you are – can work half an hour of physical activity into your day. You don’t have to join a gym, wear lycra or take up a contact sport – things like getting off the bus or train one stop early and walking to your destination, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to talk to your colleagues rather than emailing them and getting your family out for a game of frisbee can all add up to create those vital 30 minutes of exercise a day that we all need.
Department of Health guidelines state that adults should accumulate two-and-a-half to five hours of moderate intensity physical activity, or one-and-a-quarter to two-and-a-half hours of vigorous activity each week. Children should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity each day. While this might seem like a lot, there are a huge variety of ways you can accumulate the exercise you need. Here are a few:
Find your 30 at work:Park further away from work and walk.
Find your 30 at home:Do some vigorous housework.
Find your 30 in your community:When you take your kids to the local pool, hop in and swim a few laps yourself.
There’s so many reasons to get moving, and finding your 30 minutes a day can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle. Benefits include:
To keep healthy, we need to be active every day in as many ways as we can. Being active in small ways throughout the day can make a big difference to your health, happiness and wellbeing. And of course, if you have time for longer bursts of activity, then all the better. It will all add up a happier, healthier you – and who doesn’t have time for that?