9,500,000More than 9.5 million Australians are either inactive or have low levels of physical activity.
Only one in 10 children aged 5-12 and only 2% of young people aged 13-17 meet both physical activity and sedentary screen-based behaviour guidelines.
Only 15% of adults meet both the physical activity and muscle strengthening activity guidelines.
The number one recreational sport in Australia is walking.
Fitness programs and support
Can you exercise with chronic disease?
Exercise benefits everyone, even people with a chronic disease like osteoarthritis, obesity, diabetes or high blood pressure. It’s important that the exercise is appropriate, and that’s where the CBHS Better Living programs can help. If you’re living with a chronic disease, including heart disease, the programs can help improve your fitness with one-on-one support from exercise physiologists experienced at working with complex medical conditions. You need to hold an appropriate level of Hospital cover or packaged product.
Fitness and diet go hand-in-hand
If you’re looking to nourish your body to better support your fitness goals, you can claim benefits for dietitian support under your Extras also. Virtual health clinic Valion Health offers dietetic services via telehealth and online, during the daytime and at evenings and weekends. Check your policy for details or view CBHS Extras cover.
Enjoy the benefits of a gym
You don’t have to join a gym to get fit, but it can certainly help. Most gyms offer structured group classes, or you can work at your own pace on professional equipment knowing instructors are there to help if you need it. CBHS Extras or packaged cover offers benefits for health management programs that include gym memberships or personal training. You’ll need a referral from a health practitioner in order to claim. Weight management programs are also available under health management programs. Find out more on our Wellness Benefits page.
All information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only. The information provided should not be relied upon as medical advice and does not supersede or replace a consultation with a suitably qualified healthcare professional.