It’s especially important to exercise now
Home isolation might be a fact of life for many of us at the moment, and even if you’re not in isolation, chances are your sport has been cancelled, your competitions postponed, or your gym or public pool temporarily closed. However, just because you might be staying at home doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising.
You’ve heard for years that exercise is good for you, and you probably know that you need to be physically active. But did you know that being sedentary is linked to some significant health risks, while exercising will not only improve your physical fitness and muscle function, but will also protect you from a wide range of undesirable health conditions? Here are just some of the conditions and diseases that exercise can help prevent.
Sunny days, heat and humidity are enough to put many people off exercising in the summer months. And when you throw in holidays, Christmas and time off school, you might find it all too easy to skip exercise altogether. Before you know it, the holiday season is over, you haven’t managed to fit in any exercise and the Christmas indulgence is starting to show.
Some people love to be up before the sun, getting their heart pumping and their sweat on before many of us are even out of bed. Others couldn’t think of anything worse, and wouldn’t dream of exercising until well after midday.
Regular physical exercise has numerous proven health benefits – but does it matter what time of the day you exercise? Let’s find out.
It might surprise you to know that just one in ten Australians aged over 50 does any regular exercise. Why? Most people blame being sick, out-of-shape, tired, busy or just too old for their lack of exercise. However, physical inactivity, especially as you get older, can have enormous negative consequences.
Exercise – love it or hate it, there’s no denying it’s good for you. And it’s not just good for your body – it’s wonderful for your mind and mental health as well. In fact, it’s been said that exercise is the best – and most under-utilised – antidepressant around. Here’s why this is true – and why you should make exercise a non-negotiable in your life.
When it comes to exercise, many people are confused about the amount they actually need to be doing. Recent statistics show that more than 60% of Australian adults are overweight or obese, which poses serious health risks for the population. Clearly, we need to exercise more and make exercise a priority – but it’s hard when you’re unsure as to how much exercise you actually need to be doing. The guidelines can be confusing, and they seem to change on a regular basis – but the underlying principles remain the same. There’s a certain benchmark of exercise that every Australian adult needs to be doing, which will give you a whole range of health benefits that will improve almost every aspect of your life.