The first week of September is National Women’s Health Week.

The week is organised by Jean Hailes and, this year, they are promoting awareness about a range of health issues for women including:

  • Getting active
  • Bladder, bowel and gut health
  • Reproductive health
  • Chest health – heart and breasts
  • Mental health.

At Bulli Medical Practice, we are encouraging all our female clients to get active. Women of all ages who get enough physical activity can reduce their risk of heart disease and breast cancer.

Women need 2.5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity every week, about 30 minutes a day.

9 tips to keep you active every day

  • Pick an activity (or range of activities) you enjoy.
  • Choose activities that suit your lifestyle. Consider budget, physical ability and time.
  • Check out local exercise options such as leisure centres, sports clubs, parks, walking trails, swimming pools or exercise classes.
  • Find a buddy and be social while exercising.
  • Plan ahead for bad weather.
  • Keep some exercise equipment at home.
  • Get active doing housework or gardening.
  • Look for incidental ways to move your body every day such as walking or cycling to the local shops, instead of driving the car. Use the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.
  • Involve the whole family in keeping fit. Arrange physically active outings such as walking the dog or taking a bushwalk.