Only 54% of Australians are participating in sufficient levels of physical activity. But why is it so important to move, especially when you don’t have the time?
Participating in physical activity for just 30 minutes for just 5 days per week is effective in improving your heart health, improving your mental health and concentration levels and reducing your risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes and some cancers. 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week only adds up to 150 minutes out of your week to help you achieve the minimum requirements for the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines – and all the health benefits associated with regular exercise!
Are you thinking “sure, that sounds easy enough, but I don’t have the time”?
30 minutes sounds a lot when you’re at work all day. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be “traditional” exercise such as going to the gym or playing a sport. You can break it down into 3x10 minute blocks – this is just as effective, especially if you are at work all day! It may just be as simple as getting off the bus a stop earlier and walking to work, or choosing to take the stairs instead of the lift; this is called incidental exercise and it’s just as beneficial. You could even suggest going for a walk with some colleagues during your lunch break. The exercise and the fresh air will do wonders and help you re-focus for the rest of your work day. Give it a try to experience the benefits for yourself!
Remember to get up and move while at work, not only for your body, but for your mind as well. Those who exercise regularly handle stress better than those who are sedentary. Exercise could very well be the difference in how you manage work stress and improve your productivity!
If your workplace could benefit from learning more about the importance of physical activity and how it effects your productivity and performance, get in touch with us today to see how we can help.