According to a recent media release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013), Australian adults spend an average of four hours a day engaged in sedentary leisure activities (such as watching television), compared with only half an hour of physical activity. In fact, the ABS (2013) claims that Australians spend one month a year watching TV.
Most Australians have at least some knowledge of the benefits of exercise, such as: exercise improves the health of the heart, lungs and circulatory system; strengthens the bones and prevents bone loss; improves the quality of sleep; and reduces anxiety and depression.
Recent studies have provided further evidence that exercise is one of the most important factors that determines not only the current state of your health, but the future health of your brain, reducing the risk of dementia and other mental disorders in older adults (i). To read more about this important issue login to EBSCO's Consumer Health Complete with your library card's barcode.