According to the Australian Heart Foundation, your health is at risk if you have a waist circumference over 94cm (men) or 80cm (women). Anything over 102cm (men) or 88cm (women) represents an even higher risk.
New evidence suggests that regardless of your weight and waist circumference, lack of exercise is linked to high health risk factors - this time with a focus on the development of cancer. Alarmingly, recent findings suggest that being inactive increases a woman's risk of developing breast cancer (the most common cancer among women in Australia) by 40%.
The researchers remind us that maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active is one of the best ways to cut your risk of cancer, as well as fight the obesity epidemic.
Here are some of our top tips for incorporating exercise into your schedule:
- Use 15 minutes of your lunch break to go for a walk
- If you have a physically demanding job, do some stretches at the beginning and end of your shift, as well as throughout the shift
- If you have a desk job, get up and stretch every hour
- If you take public transport to work, get off one stop earlier and walk the remainder of the way
- If you drive to work, park further away and walk the remainder of the way
- Get your colleagues or some friends together and start a sporting team
Remember - exercise doesn't have to be a chore, but as this latest research tells us, it should be a priority. Find something you enjoy, make it fun and make some small changes to your day so you can be more active and reduce your risk.