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It comes as little surprise to most Australians that we need to do more exercise. However, many of us don’t actually realise how good exercise can be for us – or how to make it part of our daily lives.

Research undertaken by the Heart Foundation revealed that only 7 per cent of adults identify the reduction of diseases and illness as one of the benefits of regular exercise. 

Many don't realise that by exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart disease.  Regular exercise can also help manage depression and anxiety, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers, and lower the risk of dementia later in life.

Our research also identified the barriers those who do struggle to meet their exercise goals face. These included: 

  • Lack of time
  • Ill health
  • Poor weather conditions
  • High costs
  • Feeling ‘too fat or overweight’ to take part.

To help get Australians moving, the Heart Foundation is calling on schools, tertiary institutions and community groups to take part in the Active Australia Innovation Challenge.

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We’re looking for bright ideas to help people get past those barriers to exercise and to keep being active.

"This challenge is about turning the traditional idea of exercise on its head and finding new ways to encourage people to move” said John Kelly, National Heart Foundation of Australia Group CEO and Adjunct Professor.

From dancing in the dark through to virtual exercise and gamification, we're excited to find and fund the very best thinking in this space. 

Share your idea with us! 

Find out more about the Active Australia Innovation Challenge and register your idea.