Ahead of Women's Health Week, a new survey shows that 60% of Australian women don't get enough physical activity.
Bicycle Network and Jean Hailes for Women’s Health are uniting to address a lack of physical activity among Australian women after concerning survey results showed that 60% of women don’t get enough exercise.
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health’s Women's Health Survey 2017 found that many women who don’t get 2.5 hours of exercise a week find it difficult because they are too tired or don’t have time.
To help address these barriers, Bicycle Network will be hosting FREE social bike rides across Hobart, Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney to celebrate Women’s Health Week (4 – 8 September).
Bicycle Network spokesperson, Anthea Hargreaves, said that the rides would help show women that riding a bike is fun and easy, can be a great social experience, and also time saver.
“Our Women’s Health Week social rides will provide women of all ages and abilities with the confidence and skills to get out on their bikes and get active,” said Ms Hargreaves.
“Riding a bike is the easiest way to get your weekly dose of exercise. Swapping the drive to work with a fun and easy bike ride is a great way to squeeze in some exercise into our often jam-packed lives.
”The rides will be led by local bike enthusiasts along bike paths and lanes with minimal riding on the road. Coffee stops will also be a feature of each ride.
“Our Women’s Health Week rides are perfect for anyone - even if it’s your first time on the bike, we’ll be there to help and make sure you have a great day,” added Ms Hargreaves.
According to Dr Helen Brown, Head of Translation, Education and Communications, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health it is really important to consider ways to include more physical activity into our day.
“Physical activity such as bike riding can improve your health, reduce the risk of developing chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes, some cancers and cardiovascular disease, and will improve your quality of life.” said Dr Brown
“Not only is being active good for your physical health, it’s also good for your mental wellbeing.”
For more information or to register for one of our FREE rides, visit our Women's Community page.Register for a ride