According to statistics nearly 70% of Australian adults (almost 12 million), are either sedentary or have low levels of physical activity. This is far below the expected minimum level outlined by the National Physical Activity Guidelines, said Kylie Everman an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Lismore Base Hospital.
“What can be more worrying about the lack of physical activity is the lack of awareness a person has about the damage being done to their body by not exercising,” Kylie Everman said.
In 2010-2011, the leading cause of death in Northern NSW was cardiovascular disease, which was significantly higher than the rest of NSW (205/100,000 compared to 177/ 100,000), followed by cancers (173/100,000) and respiratory diseases (46/100,000).
“Physical activity can play a key role in preventative measures for all of these conditions. However, we often see too few people taking action in either preventing or treating these diseases, due to a lack of awareness or a fear of not knowing where to start,” Ms Everman said.
“Accredited Exercise Physiologists are experts in prescribing the right type and amount of physical activity to those who suffer from a chronic illness, or those who are holding back from taking up exercise,” said Ms Everman.
“We work with patients from across a wide range of backgrounds, from grandparents wanting more energy so they can spend time with their grandchildren to younger adults who are managing diabetes or recovering from cancer.”
Accredited Exercise Physiologists are encouraging Lismore residents to take up the challenge and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for the week. We are also urging those who are having problems with their health or are unsure where to start, to speak with their local General Practitioner or health professional,” Ms Everman said.
Exercise Right Week gives us an opportunity to highlight how we work with individuals to make sure they are exercising effectively and safely, as well as giving people from all walks of life the opportunity to take control of their health.
Physical activity does much more than improve your body image and make you lose weight, it can help you:
- Reduce your blood pressure
- Decrease total cholesterol
- Reduce stress levels
- Improve mental health
- Feel more energetic, confident, happy and relaxed
- Improve your balance and posture
- Maintain healthy bones and strong muscles
- Decrease your risk of heart disease
- Decrease your risk of developing Type II diabetes
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