What do they really mean?
We all know we should be active, don't we?
Go outside and play. Take the stairs not the lift. Walk to work. Messaging we have heard all our lives yet according to the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) only 24.5% of Australian adults meet the guidelines. Which made me wonder if perhaps people just aren't aware of the guidelines, or maybe they simply don't understand what they mean. So lets break it down.
Moderate means you are a little huffy and puffy when you're exercising. You are raising your heart rate and breaking a sweat. You could answer a question asked of you but not hold a fluid conversation. This could be a brisk walk, not just a stroll. It could also including cycling, resistance training, swimming, golf (without the cart), even mowing the lawn, especially if it has gotten a little long.
Vigorous exercise requires more oxygen for you to maintain the activity. Therefore increasing your breathing rate. You definitely couldn't hold a conversation here and even answering a question would be tough. Thinking hiking up the 1000 steps in Ferntree Gully, running, cycling fast or carrying heavy things especially if you're carrying them up some stairs.
On to balance an area of our fitness that is so often overlooked. Practicing your balance everyday or at least on most days will see it improve faster. When practicing balance you want to ensure it is both safe and challenging. This can be a simple as brushing your teeth with your feet together and your eyes closed, standing on one leg to put your underwear on rather than sitting down or walking heel to toe down your hallway.
Now you understand what the guidelines are suggesting, ask yourself do I move purposefully for at least 22min a day?
If not, you are not alone. Simply Stronger is here to help. Together we can build an exercise plan to get you moving and help you not only meet the guidelines but also any goals you have for 2023.
Book an appointment now and we'll show you just how easy it can be.
Simply Stronger - here to make exercise simple. Understanding why you should exercise is a giant step towards wanting to exercise.