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Being physically active is not only good for health, but also a great way to develop physical and social skills. In general, the more exercise you do, the better! 

Only 1 in 10 teens currently meet the daily recommended level of physical activity. 

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See Australia’s 24 Hour Movement Guidelines for more information 

 

Tips for increased movement 

  • Break up your daily exercise if 60 minutes is too much at one time, 

  • For example, 20 minutes walking or riding to and from school, and 40 minutes of active play after school = 60 minutes 

  • Meet friends for walks or bike rides instead of going to the movies, playing games or watching TV  

  • Join a local exercise group or team 

  • Encourage family activities – play games, go for walks or bike rides together 

  • Build physical activity routines – make it a regular part of your day 

  • Set yourself reminders to avoid sitting for too long 

 

The Benefits of keeping active 

No matter what activity, whether it is walking, dancing, playing sport, riding a bike or surfing, just being physically active is what counts.  

Being active helps to: 

  • Boost confidence 

  • Improve fitness levels 

  • Build stronger muscles and bones 

  • Develop new skills and face different challenges 

  • Maintain a healthy weight 

  • Reduce stress  

  • Improve and promote a healthy heart 

  • Promote healthy growth and development 

  • Improve posture 

  • Meet new people and make new friends 

  • Improves concentration 

The articles below offer more opportunities to get active! 

[Source: Department of Health 24hour Movement Guidelines] 

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