Heart Foundation

Why Does The Heart Foundation Supports Gear Up Girl?

The importance of physical activity and events like Gear Up Girl.

  • Riding a bicycle, like all aerobic activity helps to keep our heart healthy; lowers cholesterol; reduces likelihood of diabetes, improves mental wellbeing; helps maintain lower blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity is a major risk for heart disease with 60% of Australian women and girls not being sufficiently active for health. Through Gear up Girl there is an ideal opportunity to encourage Australian women and girls to get on their bikes and get active.
  • Bike riding is not only good for your heart health. It can be a transport option as well as being a fun recreational activity enjoyed on your own or with family and friends.
  • Physical activity has been proven as a great weapon in the fight against heart disease and the Heart Foundation recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
  • Only 7% of women use a bicycle for transport. Riding a bike is one way of being more physically active and reducing heart disease risk.
  • Studies show that people who ride daily live significantly longer than those who don’t. In fact, some research shows that the simple act of riding to work can lower the risk of early death by 40%.
  • Just 30 minutes of physical activity each day, such as bike riding, can reduce someone’s risk of heart disease by as much as 30-50%.
  • 80% of children aged 5-17 are not getting enough exercise, linked to the low numbers of children walking and riding to school.
  • Increasing physical inactivity has impacted on the average weight of Australian women which has increased from 67kg in 1995 to 74.1kg in 2012. Cycling is one way of improving our daily exercise.
  • 90% of Australian women have one risk factor for heart disease and 50% have two or three. Being more physically active is one way to reduce your risk.
  • Among young adult women obesity rates have increased from 4% to 17% since 1989.
  • Only 57% of young adult women are sufficiently active for good health achieving more than 150 minutes of activity in the last week.
  • Just over 30% of young women aged 18-24 did not exercise at all in the last week.