In conjunction with International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is encouraging all women to put themselves first and recognise the significant benefits that physical activity can have on their overall health and well-being.
ESSA chief executive officer, Anita Hobson-Powell said that per the Australian Health Survey, females of all ages have lower physical activity levels than males.
“We know that physical activity plays a vital role in positively managing life’s physical, mental and social challenges, and we must address any perceived barriers to be able to influence women to overcome them,” Ms Hobson-Powell said.
The International Women’s Day campaign aims to make a positive difference for women and ESSA is taking this day to remind women of the positive effects exercise can have on their physical and mental health and encouraging them to not let these barriers stand in the way of them being active.
“I feel like I am better at coping with life’s challenges when I exercise regularly, exercise physiologist, Lisa Vincze explained.
“I think more clearly, my outlook is more positive, and I have more energy.
“Doing some physical activity is better than doing no physical activity at all, and when I don’t feel like I can do a workout because I have no time or I’m too stressed, I actively repeat those three things to myself to remind myself of how much better I feel after exercise.”