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X is for extra exercise

Extra exercise will reduce your health risks, lift your mood and keep you going strong into old age.

For someone trying to prevent extra weight gain or hold onto hard-fought weight loss, previous guidelines of 30 minutes a day on most days of the week are now not considered enough – aim for double that to around 60 minutes.

This winter, before you crank up the heating, jump into some exercise gear and go for a brisk walk, grab the skipping rope for some rigorous jumping or think about heading to a yoga class for some strengthening and stretching.

Include friends or family members in your exercise routine, so it feels less like a chore and becomes a fun way to spend time with people. Signing up for a fun run event is a great way to set yourself a goal to work towards or joining a bike group can make extra exercise have added social benefits.

For more information visit exerciseismedicine.org.au

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