According to The MINDBODY 2020 Wellness Index (a research study ranking the nation’s fitness, health and beauty habits), the sunny state is also the most sedentary in Australia.
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“When it comes to prioritising fitness, Australia stacks up well with two in three (67%) engaging in moderate or high intensity exercise at least once a week. Almost a million Aussies (approximately 940,000) are doing moderate to high-intensity exercise every day of the week. However, 10% of the population don’t exercise at all,” the report states.
New South Wales and Victoria top the list for the most active states, with seven out of 10 residents engaging in moderate or high intensity exercise at least once a week (NSW 71 per cent to VIC’s 70 per cent.) On the other hand, only 60 per cent of Queenslanders workout weekly.
There were a few factors that determined this frequency - weight control (36 per cent,) improved mental wellbeing (34 per cent) and the desire to feel strong and fit (32 per cent). In addition, the report found that just three in ten females are satisfied with their overall fitness level, compared to almost half of all males.
“Across the board, there’s a distinct correlation between frequency of exercise and improved happiness and health levels within Australians,” the report states. “Those who exercise five times a week report a much better way of life, compared to those who exercise once or less a week, noting improved happiness levels, quality sleep and healthier eating habits.”
All the more reason to lace up those sneakers.
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