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Staying Physically Healthy

Being physically active has lots of benefits. Exercising regularly helps reduce the risk of several chronic diseases as well as improving your mental health and wellbeing.

    How exercise can help during COVID-19

    As life as we know it changes and physical interaction is limited, being active is more important than ever.

    Doing some form of exercise is an easy and cost free way to boost your mental and physical health and now is the ideal time to try a new activity.

    If you’re working or studying from home, or not currently working, you won’t be getting the usual incidental exercise by commuting to and from an office or uni.

    If you’re the kind of person who likes to get active in a group, your usual activities like gym classes and team sports are no longer an option.

    With our anxiety levels generally being higher than usual at this point in time, making the opportunity to do something active can really help right now!

    Physical activity helps our body and mind in lots of ways; here are some of the key ones:

    • Exercise releases chemicals in the brain, like serotonin and endorphins, which are great for your mood.
    • It can also lead to better sleep and give you more energy.
    • Physical movements can ease tightness in your shoulders and neck which often come with stress and anxiety.
    • It also makes you feel like you achieved something.
    • Regular exercise can help reduce your risk of serious health issues, like type2 diabetes.
    • It also helps with weight management (and you’re more motivated to eat a healthier diet when you’re exercising regularly too).
    • Lastly and very  importantly, regular exercise is great for your immune system

    If you’re new to exercise, or feeling a bit lost because your usual exercise routine isn’t possible right now, here are some ideas to get you moving:

    Workout online: There are lots of different free exercise options online to try, regardless of your fitness level. From Yoga and strength workouts, to Pilates, high intensity training (HIT) and more. For more inspiration head to the and Sport Australia Find your 30 campaign.

    Go freestyle: If a structured routine is not your style, get creative and build your own workout – instead of weights, use household items like filled water bottles, and cans or jars of food, walk or run on the spot for 30 second intervals , do some star jumps, planks, sit-ups, push ups or even burpees. Anything to get your heart rate up a little.

    Go solo outside if you can, or with one other person (excludes family members) keeping 1.5 metres away from others. Walking, cycling and running are great solo activities and safe if you are feeling well and haven’t been asked to self-isolate. Its suggest to go early in the morning or ate in the day avoiding streets and parks with high foot traffic to minimise your risk.

    Remember to take some hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water when for at least 20 seconds as soon as you get indoors.

    A word of advice before you start: if you’re new to exercise, start small – maybe try 10 minutes of yoga or walking a day, then gradually build up.

    Even 10 minutes of movement a day can help your body and mind feel better. Encourage your loved ones to take a moment to move their bodies too; it’s a great opportunity to develop a healthy new habit!!

    Importantly, if you’re not feeling well, follow the advice of your health professional - including some rest. It’s vital that we prioritise the health and safety of ourselves, family, friends and the community.

    What Sort of Exercise?

    The exercise doesn't have to be vigorous, moderate exercise such as a brisk walk is just as good. The ideal is to make it a regular part of your lifestyle - 30 minutes a day is recommended which can also be accumulated in 10 minute sessions if that is easier to fit into your lifestyle.

    There are lots of opportunities for keeping active in the City of Melville with recreation centres, sporting clubs and parks catering for a variety of needs.

    Information about these services and facilities can be found at the following links:

    LeisureFit Recreation Centres

    Physical activity is ranked second only to tobacco control in being the most important factor in health promotion and disease prevention in Australia!

    Find out about LeisureFit Recreation Centres.

    Active in the Park

    Join us for our free Active in the Park fitness classes and help keep yourself and your family fit and active.

    Find out more about our current season and fill in the registration form to secure your place!

    Getting Children Active Outdoors

    Physical activity and nutrition are two of the most important factors for developing and maintaining good health in children.

    The 2008 Child and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey found that less than half of the school students interviewed reported undertaking the recommended minimum 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The majority of school students interviewed reported participating in more than the recommended two hours of screen-based recreation on at least one day in the previous week.

    Find out about Community Sport and Recreation Opportunities.

    Sometimes it can be challenging to get children moving so creativity is often key to getting them active, particularly if they do not enjoy or participate in sporting activities.

    There is some great information and ideas for getting children involved in outdoor activities at Nature Play WA.

    Enjoying the City's Parks and Gardens

    Enjoy recreating outdoors in one of our local parks or gardens. The City of Melville boasts several beautiful parks and gardens suitable for weddings, picnics and other large or small outdoor functions. Take a break from the pace of urban living and enjoy the peace and tranquillity in one of the City of Melville's enchanting parks and gardens.

    For more information visit Parks and Reserves.


    For more information visit ActiveLink (for People Facing Challenges).

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