Australians and Fitness!

Australians and Fitness• As of 2014 there are 2,854 various fitness clubs in Australia employing over 19,000 people

• In the 2013-2014 financial year the Australian Fitness Industry generated over 1 billion dollars in revenue

• Over the last 5 years the Australian Fitness Industry enjoyed a healthy 3.3% average annual growth

• According to the latest survey (2011), over 3.31 million Australians used the services of fitness professionals on a regular basis

• 8.3 m people claim to exercise regularly to keep fit and like to get out and keep active

• 8.7m people claim to be trying to lose weight at the moment (Nielsen CMV data 2014)

• According to the latest study Australia is the fifth most obese country in the world, with 24.6% of its citizens considered to be obese

• Only one-third of children, and one in ten young people undertook the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

• 60% of Australian adults did less than the recommended 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per day.

• Physical inactivity is estimated to be the main cause for approximately 21–25% of breast and colon cancers, 27% of diabetes and approximately 30% of ischaemic heart disease burden.

• Physical inactivity is the second greatest contributor, behind tobacco smoking, to the cancer burden in Australia.

• 45% percent of people who participated in some form of aerobics/fitness/gym activity used other outdoor facilities such as parks, walking trails or a beach.

Sounds like we all should be just a bit more active and potentially we can improve our, health, lifestyle and well-being. Perhaps, we need to just find some sort of physical activity that we can enjoy on the regular basis. The intensity or complexity of your physical activity is not as crucial as the consistency of you actually engaging in the physical activity.