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Heart Foundation Offers Tips To Stay Healthy During Isolation

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The Heart Foundation has offered some tips to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As more Australians are finding themselves in self-isolation or quarantine, the foundation is urging people to keep active.

Heart Foundation Director of Active Living, Adjunct Professor Trevor Shilton is encouraging Australians to get creative with excercise while stuck inside. 

"COVID-19 is disrupting almost every aspect of Australians' lives, including our physical activity routines like going to the gym, playing team sports or even walking with a group of friends," he said.

"If you're at home for long periods, there might be a temptation to spend more time on the couch, but we would encourage Aussies in this situation to find ways to stay fit, active and heart-healthy."

Being physically inactive is a key risk factor for heart disease, which is the single leading cause of death in Australia. In 2018, 48 Australians died every day from heart disease.

Even before this pandemic, only a small number of Australians were active enough for good heart-health.

According to Professor Shilton, any activity is better than none.

"Try to move in as many ways as you can throughout the day," he said.

"Aim for 30 minutes a day or more. This is about the equivalent of a brisk walk, enough to make you puff a little, but still be able to conduct a conversation."

Some tips from The Heart Foundation are to catch up on gardening, develop your own short excercise routine, use youtube to find home workouts, or fill water bottles and use them as weights. 

Professor Shilton said children aged 5 to 17 in particular, need a minimum of one hour a day of moderate physical activity.

"We also need to limit their sedentary recreational screen time to no more than two hours per day," he said.

"Break up the TV or movie with some fun activities with the kids, keep them out of their bedrooms and on devices and be active together."