No Time to Exercise?

February 3, 2016

By Bodyfit NT Exercise Physiologist Rebecca King

The National Heart Foundation has released new research which reveals 3 in 4 people of working age (25-54yrs) do very little to no exercise.

With so many benefits to getting regular exercise, including reducing stress (and boosting those happy chemicals), preventing diseases and chronic conditions and improving your general well-being, why are people just not moving?

According to the National Health Foundation, the most common reasons for not exercising include a lack of time, lack of enjoyment and a lack of priority, with people simply preferring to do other things. When asked what they would do with a spare ten minutes, only 4% of workers said they would use this time to exercise. These are concerning figures which illustrate that despite how much we know about the benefits to exercise and even if we had the time, exercise still is not a priority.

Many of us know we need to be more active, but how?

The National Physical Activity Guidelines advises on doing some form of active moving daily, accumulating up to 2 1/2 to 5 hours per week. At the very least, that is 30 minutes a day. With a lack of time having such an impact, we’ve come up with 6 ways to get your body moving (and actually like it)!

3 ways to incorporate more daily exercise:

  • When commuting, park the car a small distance away or get off a stop early from your destination and walk the rest of the way.
  • Just take the stairs, every little bit counts!
  • Eat lunch outside and fit in a short walk. You will be refreshed and more productive for the afternoon!

3 ways to make exercise more enjoyable:

  • Recruit some friends to exercise with, swap the coffee and cake catch up for a walk and talk.
  • Find something you like to do (dance, cycle, swim, hoolahoop – we are all different, embrace your own version of fun).
  • Join in a game or activity with the kids, they will enjoy the challenge too or join a sports team (never know till you try).

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