By Elizabeth Jasprizza
According to the Australian Department of Health regular exercise is beneficial to physical and mental health and reduces the risk of such health problems as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal problems, anxiety and depression.
A lack of time to exercise in our busy lives could be seen as a negative social determinant of health, just one more item to fit into an already busy life. However, being able to schedule a time for physical activity in your daily life, or incorporating physical activity into your daily routine could prove to be a positive social determinant of health.
Physical activity could be as simple as mowing the lawn, walking the dog, taking children to the park or parking a longer distance from your car. These activities are but a few of the small steps towards health and wellbeing that you can take.
Activities of a physically exacting nature could also provide some relief from stress and may be found in physical exertion, or the sensation of movement and speed in such activities as playing football, running, kayaking.
Begin by looking at the activities you may enjoy, playing sport, swimming, gardening, brisk walking in the park, attending a gym where the company of other people also exercising could provides encouragement.
At least 30 minutes of moderate intensive physical activity five days a week and gradually building up to 300 minutes is recommended.
Activities of a physically exacting nature could also provide some relief from stress and may be found in physical exertion, or the sensation of movement and speed in such activities as playing football, running, kayaking. There is also a psychological benefit of regular physical activity.
Exercising releases chemicals called endorphins that produce a positive feeling of euphoria and wellbeing. Therefore time spent on physical activity is time well spent in keeping a healthy balance in work, play and life.