Why Does The Heart Foundation Supports Gear Up Girl?
- Riding a bike is a great way for people of all ages and of all levels of fitness to get active and keep healthy.
- Regular exercise is really important to keep our bodies and minds healthy. It’s essential for heart health.
- Not getting enough exercise is a major risk for heart disease, with 60% of Australian women and girls not currently exercising enough.
- The Heart Foundation recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
- 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%.
- Gear up Girl there is an ideal opportunity for women and young girls to get on their bikes and get active.
- Bike riding is not only good for your heart health. It’s a cost effective transport option, and a fun, low impact form of exercise that can be enjoyed alone, or with family and friends.
- Only 7% of women use a bike for regular 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.
- 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. Among young adult women obesity rates have increased from 4% to 17% since 1989.
- 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.
- Only 57% of young adult women are sufficiently active for good health.
- Just over 30% of young women aged 18-24 did not exercise at all in the last week.