You don’t have to wear lycra to be active (but it sure feels better!)


The latest advice from the Australian Medical Assocation (AMA) urges people not to lose it in lycra!

Australians are being encouraged to get off the couch and exercise for an hour a day in order to get and stay healthy.

The updated advice, prepared by the Federal Health Department, says Australians should aim for 60 minutes of exercise each day, doubling the amount of activity formerly recommended, and well above that stipulated in international guidelines.

It is based on evidence showing physical inactivity is the second-greatest contributor to Australia’s cancer burden, behind smoking. Research has shown that switching from a sedentary lifestyle to undertaking at least 30 minutes of exercise each day can cut the risk of heart disease by up to 40 per cent.

The guidelines also encourage people to avoid prolonged periods of sitting, and to participate in muscle strengthening activities at least twice a week.

Lead author Professor Wendy Brown said people needed to aim for between 150 and 300 minutes of moderate intensity exercise – that is, activity that takes some effort but at an intensity that allows you to talk – each week.

Need To Know:

Updated recommendation,  contained in Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines state:
  • The guidelines recommend that toddlers and pre-schoolers should be active for at least three hours every day.
  • Children aged between five and 12 years should accrue at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each day, and should include muscle strengthening activities at least three days a week.
  • The guidelines also recommend children’s screen time (time on computers, smart phones, tablets and watching television) should be limited to two hours a day, and sitting time should be broken up as much as possible.
  • Teenagers up to 17 years of age should achieve a total of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day, including aerobic exercise and strength training.

Original article “You don’t have to wear lycra to be active

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