The Australian Government Department of Health has developed Physical Activity Guidelines for adults aged 18-64. The guidelines include the following recommendations:
- Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
- Be active on most, preferably all, days every week.
- Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (2h 30m to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1h 15m to 2h 30m) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.
- Do muscle strengthening activities on at least two days each week.
By consulting an allied health professional who will supervise your exercises and challenge you with progressive programs, you may find that you are able to reach your goals more effectively. Allied health professionals will take into account your overall health and personal preferences which may lead to better compliance and lifestyle changes.