It goes without saying that our veterans have made incredible sacrifices for our country so it’s only fitting that we all take the time to ensure the veterans in our lives are encouraged to focus on boosting their mental and physical wellbeing during this important week.
Veterans’ Health Week has a different theme each year. The theme for this year’s initiative, held from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October 2017, is Physical Activity.
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the Department of Health have published some great information on the benefits of Physical Activity for veterans, as well as some suggestions for how to boost the amount of physical activity in your day.
According the Department of Health, the physical activity guidelines recommended for adults are:
- Aim to be active everyday.
- Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both each week.
- Do muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week.
- Help manage or reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- Maintain and/or improve blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
The Department of Veteran Affairs* highlights the incredible benefits of regular physical activity:
- Reduce the risk of, and assist with rehabilitation from, some cancers.
- Prevent unhealthy weight gain and assist with weight loss.
- Build strong muscles and bones.
- Create opportunities for socialising and meeting new people.
- Help to prevent and manage mental health problems.
- Help to develop and maintain overall physical and mental well-being.
- Help to maintain and improve brain health.
Some examples of Moderate Activities include:
- Ballroom dancing
- Cycling on the flat
- General gardening (raking, mowing)
- Tai chi
- Tennis (doubles, social)
- Throwing sports (softball, volleyball)
- Walking briskly
- Water aerobics
Some examples of Vigorous Activities include:
- Aerobic dancing (Zumba, tango)
- Bushwalking uphill (or stair climbing)
- Cycling (hills or more than 20km/hr)
- Heavy gardening (digging)
- Martial arts
- Race walking, jogging or running
- Running sports (basketball, football)
- Swimming (fast or laps)
- Tennis (singles)