Am I getting enough exercise?

Am I getting enough exercise

The answer: probably not!

In 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared physical inactivity to be one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide, estimating it to be more dangerous than smoking. Physical inactivity is a key risk factor for a number of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. It is also associated with increased musculoskeletal ailments, such as lower back pain, neck pain, and osteoporosis.

The WHO recommends a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise, which includes things such as brisk walking, cycling, or swimming, and even things like gardening.

Weight training is not just for athletes and body builders! The WHO also recommends 2-3 sessions of resistance training per week, in order to strengthen muscles and bones. Strength training has been shown to reduce the rate of muscle loss and falls-risk as we age.

In Australia, it is estimated that over half of the adult population is not sufficiently active. This number increases to 75% for over-65s, and is even higher in adolescent populations, demonstrating a need to increase physical activity across all ages.

The catch-22: unfortunately when people start to exercise, they often overdo things. It all has to do with something called load, which basically means that your body is used to a certain level of activity, and if that increases suddenly, you risk injury due to overload. This is the unfortunate reason why many New Year’s Resolutions to hit the gym, end up in the physiotherapist’s office instead.

At Home Active Physiotherapy, we aim to guide you through the first steps of your exercise journey, teaching you the fundamentals of gradual progression that will reduce your injury risk and keep you active.

Contact Home Active Physiotherapy today on 0434 786 046 to book in your assessment today, or visit our website www.homeactivephysio.com.au for more information.

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