A word from Deb

Don’t get the sits – get active!


There is nothing like feeling the pounding of your heart to remind you just how important it is to look after your health and stay fit.

That moment arrived for me recently when I ventured to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the Heart Foundation.

At the summit of the Bridge, 134 metres above the sparkling blue waters of Sydney Harbour, I reaffirmed for myself what it means to be alive, fit and healthy.

It was incredible feeling and the best part was, it was to raise awareness for a great campaign encouraging other Australians get out there and enjoy some physical activity.

You’re probably sitting reading this article right now, so I appreciate it’s a little ironic that I’m writing to you about the “Don’t Get The Sits” Heart Foundation Campaign!

But it is also a perfect opportunity to take stock of your health, to think about the last time you enjoyed the natural endorphin kick of reaching the summit of a physical goal or just getting out there and challenging yourself outside your comfort zone?

Perhaps take a minute to think about how you might incorporate a little exercise into your day after you finish reading this?

Could be as easy as taking the stairs instead of the lifts, scheduling a light walk at lunch or on the way home from work.

According to the Heart Foundation’s latest research, more than half of Australian adults believe they are not doing enough physical activity and 1 in 10 adults do no physical activity at all! I confess, I do not quite understand that one!

I’m a stickler for exercise. It’s one thing in my life that gets priority over almost everything else and it’s not about weight, my looks or my career – it’s because I discovered that it makes me feel good, mentally and physically and keeps me healthy.

They say physical activity is the easiest thing you can do to improve your health and it’s an extremely powerful medicine for the prevention of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. It can also assist people with managing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The Heart Foundation says that a least 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 35 per cent. 30 minutes a day…it’s not much to ask of yourself.

This week on Balance we’re publishing some great articles about staying active so there will no doubt be lots of  great tips and advice for you to consider. But for me it’s simple…find something you love that doesn’t feel like chore.

Personally I love my gym routine with my buddies and a round of golf on Sundays. I love playing 80’s/90’s classic tunes loud and dancing for hours. What is it for you?

Outdoors, indoors, with people or without people – it doesn’t matter so long as it is physical, so long as it gets your heart pumping!

Deborah Hutton

Deborah Hutton is the publisher of Balance by Deborah Hutton. She is passionate about helping woman to define their own recipe for balance


  1. Daryl Kennedy

    July 6, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Well done on an excellent, practical article. If it motivates some more people to get active it has done the job. Enjoying keeping “balanced” here thanks … Daryl K

    • Megan Houston

      Megan Houston

      July 11, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      On behalf of Deb and the team behind Balance, Thanks Daryl, your comment means a lot to us.

  2. Alicia Taylor

    July 7, 2018 at 6:02 am

    My weekly update of Balance has changed my life. Your articles always inspire me.

    I have joined up with bushwalking group in Queensland i have had the sits since 2004 and i feel alive again
    I am 58 and never felt better.

    Thankyou Thankyou !!

    • Megan Houston

      Megan Houston

      July 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Congratulations Alicia! Love bushwalking – there is nothing like getting out in nature and going for a walk

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