May, what a great month to be out and about in our local communities! This May, join Target Physio in celebrating our physical activity in the community.
As a team, we have noticed more and more people out and about walking, running, riding by themselves or as a whole family. We absolutely LOVE seeing this as that is always our goal whenever someone walks into the clinic – get them back to living a physically active life.
Physical Inactivity is one of the biggest killers in Australia with only 45% of the population meeting the national activity guidelines and even less (only 15%) meeting the aerobic AND strength component of the national guidelines!
Low levels of physical activity is a major risk factor for nearly all chronic health conditions including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Click here to read how physical activity directly affects these conditions. 2.6% of the total disease burden in Australia is directly linked to inactivity and just 15mins of brisk walking, 5x week would reduce the inactivity index by 13%!
Lets quickly check those national guidelines –
✅ Doing any physical activity is better than doing none.
✅ Be active on most, preferably all, days every week.
✅ Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (2 ½ to 5 hours) of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours) of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.
✅ Do muscle-strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week.
(Reference: https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/fs-18-64years )
As Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists, we fully understand that people shouldn’t try and dramatically increase their physical activity levels without appropriate conditioning. That’s why this isn’t being labeled a challenge. We don’t want people surging their activity levels and ending up with an overload injury to try and win a prize. Instead, we encourage everyone to gradually increase what they are doing to strive to achieve the above guidelines and ultimately, in our clinics. There will be some prizes for a number of categories as well as some random prizes to encourage active participation.
If you are currently exercising, fantastic!!! We want you to keep moving and set a new goal, maybe increase that 4km walk to 5km, then 6km. Setting small and measurable goals is a fantastic way to slowly increase your physical activity levels.
But what if I am currently not exercising? Check guideline number one. You probably are doing some activities around the house, now it’s time to start trying to intentionally move a little bit more. This might mean walking your hallway 5x every 2-3 hours, or walking 6 houses down the road, then slowly building up to 12 houses and then before you know you will be achieving a 30min walk.
This community event is for people of all fitness levels and capacities!
How this community participation will work:
1. Sign up for a Strava account (or log in if you already have one). Click here to join Strava.
2. Search for and download the Strava app on your smartphone.
3. Click here to join the Target Physio Strava club.
4. Join the club.
5. Start your Strava app whenever you start to exercise (or sync the app with your smartwatch/GPS watch etc).
6. Keep moving and let the app tally up the kms and minutes for you!
Sharing your activity on social media? Use the hashtag #movininmay
Follow the community on Instagram and tag us in your stories and posts! Click here to follow us.
For continual updates please join this Facebook event. If there are any other questions please get in contact with us.
Hope to see you 1.5m away but out on the paths!
Target Physio Family