Study shows Wide Bay residents not getting enough exercise

ONLY 49% of Wide Bay-Burnett adults are getting enough daily exercise, new research has revealed.

The Cancer Council Queensland said the research, which came from information provided by the self-reported health status 2013, Preventive Health Indicators, Queensland, Hospital and Health Services and Medicare Locals summary report, showed that adults were risking their health and happiness by increasing their risk of being overweight or obese.

CCQ spokeswoman Katie Clift said the findings were alarming.

"Physical inactivity is one of the leading causes of obesity and chronic disease," she said.

"We're calling on Wide Bay Burnett adults to get active and exercise regularly, to boost long-term health and happiness.

"Even incidental exercise can be effective, for example, getting off the bus one stop earlier, taking the stairs instead of the lift or walking a little bit further to get lunch.

In early 2014, the Australian Government released new national physical activity guidelines, recommending Queensland adults aim for two-and-a-half to five hours of moderate physical activity every week.

"It's vital to be mobile and moving, to get the heart rate up, build physical fitness, and maintain a healthy weight," Ms Clift said.

"Wide Bay Burnett adults need to be active every day.

"We recommend at least five hours of moderate-intensity activity every week, or two and a half hours of vigorous exercise, plus muscle-strengthening activities and resistance work at least twice a week.

"The good news is that everyone can spare the time - 30 minutes of daily exercise can easily be achieved through three shorter sessions of 10 minutes."