The best exercise for your age
In your teens…
Exercise has to be enjoyable, especially for teenagers, as it helps them to establish lifelong habits. Physical activity should be a positive outlet for teenagers, not a form of punishment, so try some of these ideas:
- Weekly: Get a mixed group of friends together for a weekly social game of tennis, basketball or soccer.
- Seasonal: Join a different competitive sport each summer and winter. Team sports are also good for confidence and developing social skills.
- Daily: Incorporate incidental exercise into daily routines by riding to school, exercising the family pet, walking to the bus stop, train station or shops.
- Yearly: Ask for active birthday and Christmas gifts such as surf lessons, dance classes or a new bike.
Best exercise choice: Team sports
In your 20s…
In your 20s, you’re likely to have a bit of spare cash and extra time, so you can probably afford to splurge a little on your choice of exercise. You might like to try a personal trainer, gym membership or booking the occasional active weekend escape. Other ways to stay active and maintain your fitness might include:
- Socialise and exercise at the same time with group exercise or dance classes, barefoot bowls or bootcamp.
- Use your ‘me time’ to train for specific goals such as a fun run, half-marathon, charity distance event or triathlon.
- Set up exercise opportunities within your work place such as a regular lunchtime power walk, touch footy matches or revitalising yoga breaks.
Best exercise choice: High-intensity cardio