Healthy Mount Isa exercise tips

One way to help you make the most of the Mount Isa lifestyle is to ensure you stay healthy. A great place to start is through doing a healthy level of regular exercise. You can do that by following the Physical Activity and Exercise Guidelines published by the Department of Health.

Healthy exercise guidelines for Australian adults

Before you start any regular exercise program, it’s a good idea to get a general health checkup, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve been active or if you have any pre-existing health conditions or past injuries.

1. Do at least 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity each week

Moderate-intensity aerobic activities such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming or cycling, for a minimum of 150 minutes each week. This will boost your cardiovascular fitness, help with weight management and boost your mental well-being.

2. Do muscle-strengthening activities at least twice each week

This will complement your aerobic exercise. Muscle-strengthening activities can include weight training, resistance exercises or activities like yoga and Pilates. Strengthening muscles is crucial for maintaining your bone health and supporting your overall physical functioning.

3. Limit sedentary behaviour and prolonged sitting periods

Whether you have extended sedentary or sitting periods at work or home, taking short movement breaks can have significant health benefits. Even simple activities like standing, stretching or taking a brief walk can have a positive impact on your overall physical health.

4. Do regular flexibility and balance activities

Flexibility and balance are often overlooked aspects of fitness, but they are integral, especially as we get older. Incorporating activities like stretching exercises and balance training into your weekly routine can enhance your flexibility and coordination, as well as prevent injuries.

Healthy exercise guidelines for adolescents and children

1. Do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day

This can include activities like running, playing sport or active games. Regular physical activity for children and adolescents supports healthy growth and development, maintains a healthy weight and fosters social skills.

2. Do muscle and bone-strengthening activities at least three times each week

Like adults, children and adolescents can benefit from regular muscle and bone-strengthening activities. This could involve climbing, jumping or activities like gymnastics. Building strong bones and muscles during childhood and adolescence builds confidence and lays the foundation for a healthier adulthood.

3. Limit screen time and break up prolonged sitting periods

Balancing sedentary activities with physical play is essential for the overall well-being of children and adolescents.

4. Promote active play and skill development

Active play is especially important for younger children to help them develop fundamental movement skills. It includes activities like crawling, jumping and throwing that are essential for motor skill development.

The bottom line

Following these exercise guidelines will help you stay fit and healthy so you can make the most of Mount Isa’s lifestyle. You’ll also minimise the risk of developing chronic diseases associated with being overweight and boost your mental health.

Where to exercise in Mount Isa

Mount Isa has a great range of sporting clubs that you can join to help you or your family to get active. You can also exercise in the comfort of your own home by following these home fitness tips.

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