Did you know that almost 2 in 3 Australians are overweight or obese. Having a large waistline increases your risk of heart disease which is currently the leading cause of death in Australia. Men should aim for a waistline of under 37 inches and women under 31.5 inches.
Making changes to reduce your waist can be simple and easy. Start by picking up the pace when you’re shopping for groceries or switch your midday donut for a healthy apple and ditch the weekly takeaway for a monthly treat.
Let’s change the statistics and beat obesity together. 💪
So far this year rates of flu virus have almost doubled from what they were during the same time last year.
Most people will recover from the flu, however young children and older adults may be seriously affected. Symptoms can include feeling shivery with fever 🤒, headache 🤕, muscle aches, sore throat, sneezing 🤧, tiredness and a dry cough. If you are concerned about these symptoms or they worsen it is important to seek medical advice immediately.
There are some easy steps to avoid getting the flu, from the flu vaccination, to covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, washing your hands regularly particularly after being in communal areas like the toilet, cleaning surfaces regularly at home and avoiding close contact with others when you’re not feeling well.
So with the school holidays about to kick off are you protected from the flu? 😷
How’s your bone bank looking? 🦴🏦 Over 1 million Australians suffer from Osteoporosis, a condition where bones become brittle and weak and are more likely to fracture. This can be prevented by exercise and ensuring a good intake of calcium and vitamin D.
Exercising regularly can help achieve greater peak bone mass than those who don’t. For most people, bone mass peaks in the third decade of life, after that time we can begin to loose bone.
The best exercises to help gain bone mass are weight bearing and resistance exercises. These include walking, jogging, climbing stairs, dancing and lifting weights. It is recommended to aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week.
So if you imagine your bones as a bank, the more regular exercise you put in the less risk of osteoporosis you’ll have in the future.
It’s time to work out 🏋️♀️🤺🤸♂️ Australia is silently suffering from an obesity epidemic. With 1 in 4 Australian children now either obese or overweight and nearly 2 thirds of adults overweight or obese it’s time to take action.
These are scary statistics which can be avoided with education on healthy eating and exercise.
Being obese or overweight leads to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease to name a few.
So the next time you’re thinking about spending the day indoors grazing in front of Netflix why not take a walk outside, enjoy some of the beautiful sites and fresh fruit and veg Australia has to offer.