It’s widely known Australia’s wildlife can be dangerous, but there is an even bigger killer in most households that many of us are unaware of its devastating impact.
That killer is the couch.
Australia has become accustomed to sitting down – at work, on the couch, in the car – and it’s taking a major toll on the health of individuals and our economy.
Australia’s increasingly sedentary lifestyle is part of the complex and widespread problem of obesity and other related health diseases, which contribute to the death of more than 7200 people each year .
Managing weight issues is becoming a regular part of our jobs.
Physiotherapists with their education, training and competence in behaviour change, biomechanics, therapeutic exercise and a wide range of other relevant experience, knowledge and skills are ideally suited to identify, manage and prevent obesity.
Can’t get off that couch at night?? Here are some easy exercises that you can do without having to leave it.
Research shows more than 6.4 million Australians are doing less than an hour and a half of physical activity a week . Research also shows time spent sitting is associated with being overweight or obese, unhealthy blood-glucose and blood-lipid profiles, and with premature death from heart disease.
We all need to be moving more – not just exercising 30 minutes – but regularly throughout the day. Mounting evidence shows even basic regular movement like standing up while at work or completing exercises like this whilst watching TV can help prevent health issues like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and even cancer.