New national research has shown Western Australian women are least likely to get enough physical activity with a lack of time being the main culprit.
WA women were least likely, in comparison to women in other states, to get the recommended minimum amount of exercise with 35.1 percent saying they were not able to get two hours of moderate physical activity a week.
Diet is also an issue for women nation-wide with 37.4 percent of respondents with full-time jobs saying they did not have time to prepare or eat healthy foods because of their job.
Cancer Council WA's LiveLighter nutritionist Jenny Atkins said that although there were barriers to finding time to exercise and eat healthily, small steps could make a big difference to women's health.
"It might seem hard to fit in physical activity when you're juggling a job with family commitments, but there are some easy ways to incorporate the exercise you need into your everyday routine," Jenny said.
"Try getting off public transport a few stops earlier and walk, take the stairs instead of the lift or, instead of sitting to spectate at your kids sporting activity, do a lap around the court. By killing two birds with one stone you'll find there's plenty of ways to be more active."
Jenny also said there were many benefits for women getting the recommended amount of physical activity.
"Short term benefits include increased energy levels, decreased feelings of anxiety, more motivation, quality of sleep, encourages social interaction and promotes flexibility and balance along with muscle strength and function.
"In the long run, it's proven to lower women's risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes and also provides positive role modelling to your kids ensuring their future good health."
For expert, fact-based tips and advice on how to improve your overall health, please visit Cancer Council WA's LiveLighter website.
Delivered by Cancer Council WA, LiveLighter is a public health education campaign which encourages West Australians to lead healthier lives by changing what they eat and drink, and being more active. Cancer Council WA's LiveLighter campaign is funded by the State Government of Western Australia. For more information visit www.livelighter.com.au
About The Research
National not-for-profit Jean Hailes for Women's Health has this week released the findings of its 2018 Women's Health Survey. The research reveals the health needs and behaviours of more than 15,000 women aged 18 to over 80 across the country.