Physical exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good – boosting your self-esteem, increasing your energy levels, and helping you concentrate as well as sleep better. It has also been found to reduce the risk of many health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes; anxiety; depression; musculoskeletal problems; some cancers; and unhealthy weight gain.
For optimal results, experts recommend that you be physically active on most days of the week, averaging across the week 150 to 300 minutes (2 1⁄2 to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1 1⁄4 to 2 1⁄2 hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities.1
Having said that, doing something is better than doing nothing at all! Here are some suggestions for building more physical activity into your daily routine:
1Australian Government Department of Health: Australia’s Physical and Sedentary behaviour Guidelines for Adults 18-64 years