Exercise Guidelines

Exercise and reduction of sedentary activity plays an important role not only for weight management but for our general health and wellbeing, too. Current RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) guidelines suggest the following regarding exercise in adults aged 18-64yrs:
Physical activity guidelines
• Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing a small amount and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
• Be active on most – preferably all – days of the week.
• Accumulate 150–300 minutes (2.5–5 hours) of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75–150 minutes (1.25–2.5 hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.
• Do muscle strengthening activities on at least two days each week
Sedentary activity guidelines
• Minimise the amount of time spent in prolonged sitting.
• Break up long periods of sitting as often as possible.
It’s not always possible to achieve these targets, life is busy and sometimes there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the week! Any activity is better than none, all you can do is try your best. Every little bit helps.