In November, Exercise Right presents ’30 Days, 30 Reasons to Exercise’ – a campaign that enlists the help of various celebrity spokespeople, athletes, Exercise Physiologists, Exercise Scientists, Sports Scientists and other influencers of an active lifestyle, to give you 30 reasons to exercise over the 30 days.
“Over 70 percent of the Australian population are not sufficiently active, and with physical inactivity currently being the fourth leading cause of death due to non-communicable disease worldwide (heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers), it’s time to get everyone thinking about the benefits to their physical and mental wellbeing of them engaging in more physical activity,” states Anita Hobson-Powell, Chief Executive Officer of ESSA.
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is calling on all Australians to get behind its 30 Days, 30 Reasons to Exercise campaign, which raises awareness of the many benefits of exercise and runs throughout November.
A recent study showed that people who exercised for 30 minutes 5 days a week significantly reduced their risk of early death and developing heart disease.
The research tracked 130,000 people in 17 countries, of a variety of demographics. The study found that a range of physical activity from the gym, walking, or doing household chores such as gardening, all reduced their risk of chronic illnesses and extended their life.
30 Days, 30 Reasons to Exercise hopes to inspire Australians that there are a million reasons and ways to exercise and implement physical activity into their everyday life.
“We know that exercise has many benefits, not just accredited to weight loss or increasing fitness. Exercise also enhances our mental wellbeing, reduces stress, heightens our brain power and cognitive function, to name a few,” explains Accredited Exercise Scientist, Ava Kerr.
“For me, when I exercise, I know I’m working on myself for myself. It’s a daily commitment I make that reinforces my sense of wellbeing and is just as important as a healthy diet, restful sleep and time spent with loved ones. Exercise is an essential cog in the wheel of a healthy and happy life,” continues Ms Kerr.
Experts estimate that almost a quarter of the world’s population do not meet the physical activity guidelines suggested by The World Health Organisation, that adults aged 18 – 64 do at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week and strengthening exercises at least two days a week.
By influencers of an active lifestyle and those in the public eye sharing their reason to exercise, ESSA hopes to encourage Australians to think about their reason to exercise, and incorporate it into their everyday lives.
You can find your local Accredited Exercise Scientist or Accredited Exercise Physiologist here.