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Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines provide guidance about the amount and type of physical activity required to promote health. For adults, the guidelines recommend the following:

  • Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
  • Be active on most, preferably all, days of the week.
  • Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.
  • Do muscle strengthening activities on at least two days each week.
  • Minimise the amount of time spent in prolonged sitting.
  • Break up long periods of sitting as often as possible.

You can find more information about how you can meet the physical activity guidelines, and what moderate intensity and vigorous intensity activity mean.

The amount of physical activity you need to do depends on your goals. It’s important to set yourself goals that are manageable. For example: Do you want to feel better? Do you want to feel fitter? Do you want to put on weight? Do you want to stop putting on weight? Do you want to lose some weight?

Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines prescribe levels of physical activity to provide health benefits and to prevent weight gain. Currently there is limited evidence about required levels of physical activity for weight loss. What we do know is that physical activity is just one factor that may contribute to weight loss. The amount of physical activity you need to do to lose weight will depend, in part, on the amount of food you eat. In general the more food you eat, the more physical activity you will need to do to burn up the energy it provides.

 

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