Reduce Your Risk
Physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, however statistics show that more than half of all Australian adults are not active enough.
Physical activity is any activity that gets your body moving, makes you breathe more quickly and makes you heart beat faster. You can be physically active in many different ways, at any time of day
Increasing the amount of time you spend moving – and decreasing the amount of time you sit still – could help you to enjoy a number of health benefits, including more energy and better sleep. Physical activity can help you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, or help you manage your condition if you already have a diagnosis.
How much activity, and how often?
The National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians (external site) set out the minimum levels of physical activity required for good health.
The guidelines recommend that if you are aged between 18 and 64 you should be active on most, preferably all, days of the week. On at least two days a week you should do muscle strengthening exercises, such as squats, lunges or other weight bearing exercises.
Each week you should aim to accumulate:
- 150 to 300 minutes (2.5 to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity
- 75 to 150 minutes (1.25 to 2.5 hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity
- an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities.
It’s never too late to start. Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some and gradually build up.