How often should I exercise?
To maintain good health, aim to do 30 minutes of exercise each day. If you can’t manage a dedicated 30-minute workout, break your exercise down into smaller chunks. Try 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes on your lunch break and 10 minutes after dinner. If you’re looking to lose weight, aim to get 45-60 minutes of exercise each day instead.
Which exercises should I try?
The ideal exercise program should include:
1. Cardiovascular exercise This is something that gets your heart rate up and makes you huff and puff such as swimming, cycling, walking, jogging or aqua aerobics.
2. Resistance training Think squats, push-ups or weightlifting. Have an exercise physiologist build you a tailored program to help you stay safe.
3. Interval training This type of workout changes the tempo of your exercise to get you fitter faster – try walking for two minutes, then walking fast or jogging for 30 seconds before returning to your regular pace. You could also sign up for activities such as dancing, tennis, squash, basketball and aerobics, which have intervals built into them.
How can I protect myself from injury?
Before starting a new exercise regime, speak with your GP or consult an exercise physiologist – especially if you haven’t worked out in a long time, are new to exercise, or have an existing condition or injury.