Despite having one of the lowest participation rates for running, Western Australia came out on top for jogging, with 23.2% of the population indicating they jogged, just edging out Victoria which came in second. South Australia was found to have the lowest participation rate for both running and jogging in Australia.
Don’t run in isolation
While these are encouraging nation-wide trends, Australia still remains one of the heaviest nations on earth. This is despite MHBI data also suggesting that Australians are exercising more in general compared to ten years ago.
“Exercise is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, but it’s important to remember that health and wellness is much more than exercise in isolation. Maintaining a healthy diet is also essential. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking exercise ‘cancels out’ regular poor food choices.”
Medibank is proud to partner with parkrun, a non-profit organisation that hosts weekly 5 km running events, all across Australia and the world. Best of all, it’s held early in the morning on a Saturday or Sunday, and it’s 100% free. It’s not about competing with other people – it’s about pushing yourself to be better, one step at a time.
Medibank is also the title sponsor of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival, held on the 16th October, 2016. If you’re ready to take the next step up from parkrun, there’s sure to be an event distance that suits you with 3km, 5.7km, 10km, half marathon and marathon events all being held on the day.