Only about a third of children and under half of adults are meeting Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines. Most children exceed the recommended amount of screen-based activity time, while time spent sitting at leisure goes up in adults as they get older. Inactivity increases overweight and obesity, raising the risk of chronic and life-threatening diseases like cardiovascular disease, dementia, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
Regular physical activity not only reduces health risks, it improves social and emotional health and wellbeing. Which groups of inactive Australians are most at risk of lifestyle-related illness? What levels and types of activity and exercise are required for optimal health at each life stage, and how can we incorporate regular activity into our daily lives? This book explains the risks and consequences of physical inactivity, and in turn promotes the benefits of being active. It’s time to move it or lose it.