What’s Australia’s Biggest Killer? Hint—It’s in Your Living Room

Australia’s biggest killer is not what you think. It’s not a shark, a snake, a spider, or a crocodile. It appears benign, as it’s an inanimate object found in most living rooms, often becoming even more dangerous as it partners up with the TV.

Any guesses? It’s your couch! It’s not just a threat to Australians, but to the whole Western world.

The bare truth is finally out there: inactivity is the biggest killer of this age!

Australia has the reputation for having some dangerous wildlife, but living among these deadly creatures is not as dangerous as living a sedentary life, which inevitably leads to health complications.

The old saying “Use it or Lose it” comes to mind as an appropriate slogan for this health alert.

Joining a gym is a good idea for getting started with an exercise program (image:plantronicsgermany/flickr)

Joining a gym is a good idea for getting started with an exercise program. (Image: plantronicsgermany/flickr)

The Australian Physiotherapy Association’s new health campaign, “Australia’s Biggest Killer,” cleverly aims to educate and motivate the community to re-think their daily habits, and embrace an active lifestyle—which includes exercise.

Real reasons to eat well and move well

Obesity and diabetes are now the single biggest health threats, and they are the leading causes of premature death and disease in the Western world.

Being overweight is the top risk factor to a long list of health complications, such as:

  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • some cancers
  • high blood pressure
  • osteoarthritis
  • mental health issues

Australia, just behind the U.S. and the U.K., is the thirteenth fattest nation, where obesity is becoming common, and in children is the “biggest public health challenges of the 21st century“.

Currently, obesity costs Australia approximately $A1-4 billion each year. In the U.S., the amount spent on obesity-related medical treatments is approximately $US200 billion a year—that is a massive strain on the economy!

Making the choice to exercise every day of your life

The reasons to exercise are so many. There are instant benefits and long-term benefits—not all are physical.

A highly active lifestyle will enable you to live to your potential, gaining quality of life.

Walking your dog is a great motivation for daily exercise (image:Speculum Mundi/flickr)

Walking your dog is a great motivation for daily exercise. (Image: Speculum Mundi/flickr)

Self esteem, heightened feelings of wellbeing, and a more positive state of mind will also come along as part of your holistic change. The hard part is making a start.

Instant effect of exercise is the release of endorphins- feeling happy! (image:flickr)

Instant effect of exercise is the release of endorphins—feeling happy! (Image: flickr)

Be wise and plan a safe exercise program with your doctor or pediatrician that suits your needs.

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