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Movement is Medicine this Exercise Right Week

Welcome to Exercise Right Week 2020! This campaign, powered by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), is designed to inspire Australians of all ages to live more active and healthier lives.

“Each year, Exercise Right Week seeks to remind Australians about the benefits of exercise and physical activity, and the importance of seeking out the right professional for individualised advice,” says ESSA CEO, Anita Hobson-Powell.

This year’s theme is ‘Movement is Medicine’, and with many people facing additional barriers to staying active due to COVID-19, we feel this message has never been more important.

Changing perceptions around exercise and physical activity

Many people view exercise as simply a tool for weight loss, however, the benefits of an active lifestyle reach far beyond fitting into your jeans this winter.

Exercise helps to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers, and can help to protect against mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.

It’s also vital for brain health and can reduce your risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease as you age.

The message is simple; individuals who exercise regularly and maintain high levels of physical activity tend to live longer, happier and healthier lives than those who are inactive.

“If you could squeeze all the health benefits of exercise into a pill, it’d be the most prescribed drug in the country,” says Anita.

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Aussies aren’t moving enough

Despite the countless health benefits, less than half of all Australians adults meet the current physical activity guidelines. The statistics are even worse for teens and older Australians, with only 1 in 10 teens and 1 in 4 older adults getting enough exercise.

The Exercise Right Week campaign aims to help change public perception around exercise by highlighting the fact that movement is for everyone, regardless of age, background or health status.

We want to inspire everyone, especially those who are living with or at risk of developing a chronic condition, to get active and to find a qualified exercise professional to help them move their way to better health.

What’s on this Exercise Right Week

Throughout this week, Australians can access free online events, like education sessions and live exercise classes hosted by the exercise experts! Click here to learn more or sign up now.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to download your free physical activity tracker to help you stay motivated!

If you want more advice about what exercises are safe for your individual needs, click here to find an accredited exercise professional near you.

Happy Exercise Right Week everyone! And remember, MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE!