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Staying active for better heart health
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Staying active for better heart health

Moving more every day is one of the best habits you can have.

Key takeaways

  • Live your best life by getting into the habit of being active – you’ll enjoy the benefits for the rest of your life  
  • Not sure how much to do? Check out the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines (below) which differ by age group. 
  • If you’ve already reached the recommended 30 minutes of activity a day for adults, try gradually building your minutes and/or intensity for even more benefits. 
  • Stay active year-round.  Mix up your activity between indoors and outdoors to be ready for any weather. 
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Regular physical activity strengthens your muscles, builds stronger bones and makes you feel better about yourself.  It makes you less likely to have a heart attack or develop heart disease. 

You can start at any age and feel the benefits for the rest of your life. If you’re a parent or carer of children, getting more active sets a great example and helps create healthy habits. 

Are you doing your 30 minutes a day?  

 If you are that’s great. You can make your heart health even better by picking up the pace. Try gradually increasing the amount you spend being physically active, or exercise intensity. You’ll feel great and see longer-term health benefits, too.  

If you aren’t, you’re not alone. More than half of all Australians aren’t active enough. Start slowly and gradually increase your physical activity. Consult your doctor for advice on the best exercises for you.  

Aim for 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate physical activity each week or 75 minutes (1 ¼ hours) of vigorous exercise. ‘Vigorous’ exercise requires more effort and makes you breathe harder and faster, for example, jogging. Moderate and vigorous physical activity can help improve heart health, blood pressure, cholesterol, muscle and bone strength.  

How to get active

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