The Importance of Physical Activity & Exercise

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importance of physical activity

3 Tips to Help You Get Started

Are you finding it difficult to get fit and stay in shape with physical activity? Do you find yourself putting off exercise because you are ‘too busy’ or don’t have the time?

It’s often difficult to find the time and motivation to exercise and perform physical activities, especially if you already have a lot on your plate. However, as challenging as it may be, it is important to stay active for the sake of your long term physical health.

In fact, according to the Australian Government, physical activity plays an integral role in maintaining and improving your health. Not only can being active improve your long-term health, it can also:

  • Reduce the risks of you developing cardiovascular diseases
  • Give you more energy
  • Improve your body’s immune system 
  • Help you sleep better as well as improve the quality of your sleep
  • Increase your concentration and alertness levels
  • Make you feel happy!

With physical activity being so important to your health, and providing your body with many added benefits, it may be time to consider becoming more active. If you’re looking to get started on your physical activity journey, have a look at the three tips below.

Start Small

Remember to be easy on yourself, especially if you are just starting to perform physical activities regularly. Rather than moving straight to a gym membership or a daily run in the park, start small with exercises such as weekly walks or slow jogs. Gradually increase the frequency of your physical activity before leveling up in intensity. This way, you will be more likely to continue your physical activity regime and enjoy the process as well.

Find Something You Enjoy

Most people refer to physical activity as visiting the gym or jogging around the neighbourhood, but there are many other options available to you today. Rather than sticking to traditional forms of physical activity, consider attending a few beginner classes for sports you are interested in, such as rock climbing, boxing, yoga or even surfing. The world is your oyster and you have nothing to lose when it comes to trying something new. 

Follow Official Guides

It can be hard to devise a physical activity regime for yourself, especially if you are unfamiliar with regular exercise. As a result, it may be useful to refer to guides such as the World Health Organisation’s physical activity guidelines or speak to a health practitioner such as a chiropractor to help you develop a more realistic physical activity plan for yourself. If you are unsure of what physical activity you should be performing, speaking with a professional health practitioner for exercise recommendations may also be helpful. 

Physical activity plays an important role in maintaining and improving your health and it is integral that you include physical activity in your everyday lifestyle to benefit from it. The first step is always one of the hardest to take, so make sure to apply the above three tips to help you get started. 

Note: This information is not intended to treat or diagnose. Any medical or health treatment comes with risk. Please consult your GP about the right exercise program for you. 

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