Today we’re looking at Physical Activity as part of Women’s Health Week and the many benefits to your health.

Recommended amount of physical activity per week:

  • Be active everyday (this can be walking to get a coffee, grabbing a bit to eat for lunch or hopping off the bus one stop early)
  • Do muscle strengthening exercises 2 times per week – this can be swimming, weights at the gym or Pilates
  • 2 ½ – 5 hours or moderate exercise per week or 1 ¼ or 2 ½ hours of intense exercise per week

The Benefits of Being Physically Active

  • Reduce risk of chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis
  • Reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • Improve blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels
  • Assist in maintaining a healthy weight
  • Build strong muscles and bones
  • Great for mental health

Tips on how to be active:

  • Get up more often at work (set your alarm every 30 minutes)
  • Take the stairs rather than the lift
  • Walk to the shops rather than driving
  • Get a buddy to exercise with
  • Join the gym or a group training class
  • Come to Physio On Miller for Pilates

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