“I hate exercise.”
It’s the biggest excuse we hear. But don’t worry; you’re not alone. Millions of people hate exercise and choose not to do it. It’s part of the reason why over 60% of Australian adults are obese or overweight. Even if you hate exercise, you should still do it.
How much do I need to exercise?
It’s a common question we get asked heaps. Most people do the bare minimum, and then they are done. If that’s all you want to do then, that’s fine. At least you’re moving towards better health.
How much should you exercise?
The answer varies. Everyone is different. Some people love playing rugby on the weekends. Obviously, they will work out more than the average Joe. Some people come to the gym for the social aspect. It’s a break from their busy lives to see their friends, even if it’s through heaps of sweat and push-ups. And then there are those who just do the minimum to make their doctors happy.
The Australian Department of Health recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise per week. This minimum will improve your blood pressure, cholesterol, heart health, and strengthen your bones and muscles.
If you’re looking to lose weight and reduce your chances of developing cancer, the Department of Health further recommends at least 300 minutes of moderate intensity exercise or 150 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise per week.
What kinds of exercise should I do?
In other words, you should aim to do at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. Trust us, 30 minutes out of your day is nothing! Don’t think you have to run for 30 minutes either. Exercise can be anything you want it to be from brisk walking to swimming to dance to running. Do what makes you happy and gets you moving.
You don’t have to hate exercise. Exercise has heaps of health benefits. Next time you dread heading to the gym, think about these benefits of exercise:
- Reduce your risk of high blood pressure
- Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce your risk of Type II diabetes
- Maintain or lose weight
- Reduce your risk of developing some types of cancer
- Build strong bones and muscles
- Improve your mood
- Sleep better at night
- Meet new friends
You don’t have to exercise for an hour every day. As long as you are moving at least 30 minutes, a day five days a week then that will help keep you healthy. If you are looking to lose weight or are training for a marathon, you will probably have to exercise more.
Not sure where to start? Ask us for help. We’re here for you!