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A woman taking the stairs instead of the escalatorsMany of us could be more active in our daily lives, even without devoting extra time to planned physical activity.

Physical activity plays a significant role in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. What you eat and drink (energy in) is an important factor in determining the amount, type and frequency of physical activity required to lose weight.

Being more active can have many health benefits and make you feel better too. Finding and creating opportunities to move more and to sit less every day - at home, at work, when travelling or for recreation - can have many benefits.  


Here are some ideas to help you build more movement into your day:

  • Walk instead of drive, especially for short trips.
  • Use public transport and walk or cycle to and from the bus stop or train station.
  • If you need to drive, park further away from your destination and walk.
  • If you catch the bus or train, get off one stop earlier than usual and walk the remainder of your trip
  • Put away the remote control. When you watch TV, get up to change channels. Better still, get up and turn the television off and head outside for some physical activity.
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift, or if you are going to one of the higher floors, get out of the lift early and walk the last two flights of stairs.
  • Stand up more. Find opportunities to stand – for example, when you talk on the phone or during meetings or presentations at work.
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime, even if it is only for a short walk around the block.
  • Hang out the washing on the clothes line, rather than using the dryer.
  • Mop, sweep or mow the lawn. Any housework or garden work that makes your heart rate go up is good for your health.
  • Visit the local park, creek, beach or hilltop. Just getting outside will encourage you to be more active.
  • You might want to buy a pedometer from a sports store to see how many steps you take each day and if you can increase them over time.
  • Write notes to remind yourself to move more and put them where you’ll see them.

The more often you move, the more likely it is that movement will become a healthy habit.

Find out more about keeping a physical activity planner.

If you register with the Healthy Weight Guide website, you can save your physical activity plans so you can come back later to review your progress.



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