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How much physical activity should I do?

How much physical activity should I do?

Being fit and healthy is important for your brain. Any time or age is the right time to adopt brain-healthy lifestyle changes and Eat.Play.Rest is all about finding what works for you.

Once you know a few basic ratios, you can pick and choose which activities suit your lifestyle and ability. So how much time exercising should we do?

The current Australian Department of Health guidelines recommend:

    • 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on at least five days a week and muscle strengthening activities twice a week.
    • Moderate-intensity physical activities are those
      that cause your heart to beat faster and feel out
      of breath.


It is important to include a variety of activities that work different muscle groups and joints in
the body. This will help you build your aerobic fitness, strength, balance and flexibility.

Ways to increase your physical activity

    • Getting started is often the hardest part. The key is to find activities that you enjoy and will be able
      to keep doing.
    • You might learn to dance, go swimming,  or join a yoga class or walking group.
    • If you find exercise boring, look for activities to do with a friend.
    • Join a local community group.
    • You can also build activity into your everyday life, like walking to the shops or riding your bike to work instead of driving, or getting off the bus a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way.


For fun ideas on how to keep your body moving, explore our play page and for ideas of active rest, check out our list of ever-growing restful activities.

The above information was sourced from Healthy Brain Healthy Life by Dementia Australia.

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