Wellness Hub November 2018 Movement What's the secret to enjoying some more activity everyday? Dr Suzanne Pearson November 16, 2018 Share You know how important being active is to achieve a healthy lifestyle. And in the recent 2018 Swisse Wellness Survey, you told us you want to be more physically active. So…what’s stopping you? The 2018 Swisse Wellness Survey recently unveiled that more than half of Australian adults (52%) are not getting enough physical activity citing lack of time, lack of motivation and lack of energy as the things getting in our way. We’ve got the solutions to inspire that movement, and are here to walk you through it (literally)! Who's got the time? No need to stress about finding the time - incorporate activity into your daily life to boost your wellness without taking up extra time. Sit all day? Stand when talking on the phone or organise walking meetings. The extra activity will help clear your head and energise you. Meeting a friend for coffee? Grab and go instead of sitting at the coffee shop. You'll both feel better for it! Try 5 to 10 minute ‘movement snacks’ instead of worrying about having to squeeze in an hour workout. Have a quick stretch before you get out of bed; take the stairs instead of the lift; park farther away or get off the bus at an earlier stop and walk the extra distance. It all adds up, you’ll be surprised! Unmotivated? Don't know where to start? To keep your game strong, challenge your body every now and then by trying a new activity, setting a new goal or upping the intensity. This will equally challenge your mind and reinforce the fun in living a healthy lifestyle. Gym’s not your thing? No problem. The best way to get started is to find something you enjoy doing. Yoga, hiking, swimming, running, strength training, Pilates, tai chi...the opportunities are endless. You're more likely to stick with it if you're having fun. Check out your local community centre to try something new! I'd rather Netflix and chill Exercise doesn’t just make you feel better on the outside, it’s a fantastic tool for improving positivity and wellbeing. In addition to increasing energy, strength and flexibility, keeping fit plays a key role in maintaining good mental wellbeing and balance. You may feel more energised, your stress levels can reduce, and you may sleep better, all of which has a whole range of health benefits of their own. Just get moving! Did you know? Of the Australians who are active enough, moderate and incidental physical activity is most favoured, with activities such as taking the stairs (57%) and brisk walking (55%) being the top two choices (Swisse Wellness Survey, 2018). C’mon Australia, get moving! To participate in the wellness discussion, follow #livelikeyouloveit to see what others have been saying about wellness, or visit swisse.com/livelikeyouloveit and find out more about our 2018 Swisse Wellness Survey and the state of our nation’s health from this years findings.