50% of Australians are not exercising adequately.
27% of the population say they don't have enough time.
13% say they are too lazy.
The National Heart Foundation says we should aim to be physically active for 30 minutes on most or all days of the week. Of course, the more we do, the better for our health, but the aim is to get us moving!
Moderate activities such as:
*walking the dog
*walking up stairs
*vacuuming our untidy bedrooms
can easily be incorporated into our lifestyle.
Remember, you don't have to jog ten kilometres a day, but some activity is necessary for our bodies to be in tip top condition.
There are heaps of studies which show the benefits of regular exercise. Along with a healthy, balanced diet, stretching your muscles can help with weight loss and general fitness. Recent studies have also found exercise can lift your mood if you're feeling a bit down. It's also a great way to clear your head or brainstorm ideas!
Research also shows it's never too late to start a moderate exercise program. The Heart Foundation describes moderate exercise as 'activity using large skeletal muscles that involves some effort but does not necessarily have to cause puffing, panting or breathlessness'.
I think that's English for a nice long walk. I'm sure we can handle that.
The Foundation also says it's important that you exercise during cooler times of the day, or in a cool environment. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, and wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing to help with sweat evaporation.
Why not walk with a friend a few times a week or join a netball club?
It gets boring doing the same exercise routine every day, so to prevent boredom just walk different routes, or alternate your fitness calendar to do walking 3 nights a week. On other nights you could vacuum your room (it's gotta be done...and you'll score big brownie points at home), and meet friends for a power walk or go to netball on other nights.
All you need to do is half an hour of MOVING every day...yes, even walking around the shopping mall is counted!
- Kerryn Marlow