Did you know that 1 in 6 Australians aren’t exercising at all?
Recent data has come out suggesting that 60% of Australians are failing to meet the National Guidelines of completing 150 minutes a week. Unfortunately, Australia isn’t the only country with the majority of the population being sedentary, with Americans and Europeans having similar levels of inactivity.
Exercise may be daunting for some. However, the rise in obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease; exercise is an important tool in combating chronic disease. Medication can only do so much in these cases, but to see longer lasting changes to your health, exercise is the treatment.
Where do I start?
Walking is something that isn’t overly taxing, but you can still see health benefits. Those who walked for 35 minutes, 5 times a week saw improvements in mild to moderate depression. Walking also improves cardiovascular fitness, contributes to modest weight loss and decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Finally, research out of the US found brisk walking for only 20 minutes a day had a 30-40 percent reduced risk of developing coronary heart disease. Walking also is cost effective and can be completed anywhere (you can’t use the excuse that you can’t afford a gym pass with this!) If you are working full time, don’t fear; use your lunch break to get some fresh air and go for a walk. Get your colleagues and go for a brisk walk. It will also clear your mind, helping you concentrate and beat 3:30itis.
Exercise also helps us manage stress better and improves sleep. This leads to better work performance and productivity. The benefits of exercise heavily outweigh the risks. The key is to find something you enjoy! This will lead to adherence and as an outlet away from the hustle and bustle of work or study. Exercising not only can be used as a treatment method of certain diseases, but exercise can be used for prevention as well. For example, exercise helps maintain bone mineral density, important especially in females whom usually have lower BMD in comparison to males. Poor BMD can lead to osteoporosis and an increase risk of bone fractures. Maintaining muscle strength is important throughout the lifespan as it naturally decreases with age. This can effect balance and muscle mass and could contribute to falls.
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