Today’s lifestyles are so busy it’s easy to push exercise to the bottom of the list when juggling work and personal life commitments. However we all know just how important it is to engage in regular physical activity and the benefits it provides such as weight loss, energy, general satisfaction in life and protection from numerous illnesses.
It is all about finding the exercise that suits you and that you enjoy and don’t find a chore. Then it’s about making time and prioritising it and setting yourself goals. Making simple lifestyle changes to your daily routine can also help to keep you physically active and boost your metabolism.
Here in Australia our obesity rate is through the roof. It has more than doubled over the past 20 years and Australia is now ranked one of the fattest developed nations in the world with around 37% of Australians being overweight and 25% obese.
We need to knock this epidemic on the head and start to change our lifestyle and habits. Incorporating regular exercise teamed with a healthy balanced diet is a key strategy to reducing these statistics and improving the lives of Australians.
Here are some tips for incorporating physical activity into your everyday routine:
- Keep off public transport a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way home or to work
- Make good use of your lunch break go outdoors for a power walk you will come back to work feeling more energised and able to focus
- Let the kids ride their bikes with you jogging beside
- Opt to take the stairs over elevators and lifts
- Get up 30 minutes earlier than the rest of the family or than you normally would to take some time to go for a job or to do some yoga
- Turn cleaning into a work out
- If you have a dog or like dogs borrow a friends or neighbours and take it for regular walks
- Make conscious decisions to do active activities on the weekend or after work. Instead of sitting at your computer or in front of the TV get outdoors and active whether it be throwing a ball around in the park or walking around a shopping mall instead of online shopping
While it is certainly important to make small changes like the above to your everyday life it is equally important to realise you should be engaging in at least three thirty minute sessions of moderate to high physical activity per week. There is no quick fix or round about ways to becoming physically fit and active. You have to make the time and make exercise a priority in your life. So we urge you to make a commitment today to choose your favourite type of exercise whether it be walking, surfing or tennis and we’re sure you will feel better for it!
For any recommendations around what sort of physical exercise is right for you or for any fitness related queries Docmate recommends consulting your GP.
Better Health Channel (2012). Obesity. Retrieved 14 October 2012 from