With Exercise Right Week launching on 22 May, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) are challenging all Australians to take some time out to think about whether they are doing enough to improve their overall health and wellbeing, especially those living with a chronic condition.
Results from an Exercise Right Week 2016 survey has indicated Australians aren’t meeting Australia’s Physical Activity Guidelines of accumulating 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, or 75-150 minutes of vigorous activity, each week (or a combination of the two).
In fact, 36% of 18 – 34-year old’s, and 78% of 35 – 64-year old’s, living with a chronic condition, did little to no exercise (less than 30 minutes per week).
“Considering 64% of all participants indicated they were living with a chronic condition, the lack of physical activity they partake in indicates a lack of awareness and education on the benefits of utilising exercise and regular physical activity to reduce and manage their symptoms,” says Anita Hobson-Powell, ESSA Chief Executive Officer.
“Not doing any exercise, or only doing up to 30 minutes of exercise each week, is a concerning statistic. The risk of poorer health outcomes rapidly increases for those that live a sedentary lifestyle.”
Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Alex Lawrence, also explains, “Those who do want to increase their physical activity, especially those living with a chronic condition, sometimes don’t know where to start. Some feel that they can’t exercise because of their perceived limitations, or that exercise would do them more harm than good, when we know exercise would in fact have the opposite effect when prescribed and coordinated with the correct exercise professional.”
With this in mind; ESSA’s fourth national Exercise Right Week campaign centre’s on ‘Who’s your match – finding the right exercise professional for your requirements’.
“There are so many options when it comes to exercising, and many Australians can be tempted by the quick fixes offered by online programs or 12-week challenges,” says Mr Lawrence.
When people, especially those with a chronic condition, don’t exercise on the advice of an appropriately qualified exercise professional, exercise certainly can do more harm than good, which is why ESSA is raising awareness of the appropriate options when it comes to seeking an exercise professional.
“ESSA also wants to raise awareness for those professionals who are educated and qualified to prescribe exercise for people with chronic conditions, because not all are,” says Ms. Hobson-Powell.
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