In addition, Department of Health guidelines state the following regarding resistance training.
Include muscle-strengthening activities as part of your daily physical activity on at least 2 days each week. This can be:
Both balance and stretching activities should performed at least twice a week, especially by older Australians above the age of 65.
Activities that focus on your flexibility help you move more easily, and can include:
Activities that help improve your balance can prevent falls and injuries, and can include:
We also chat about the perils of being sedentary. Sitting increases all-cause mortality and has been found to be, independent of exercise, a risk factor for obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Television viewing has been found to increase all-cause mortality even in those getting seven hours of exercise per week. Interrupting sitting with light to moderate intensity walking every 20 mins reduces blood glucose and insulin levels in obese patients.