Exercise for Busy People

Last year, Medibank found that 50% of adults in Australia have not exercised in 3 months.

Is committing to fitness really as hard as we think? Here are some tips to help you beat the most common thoughts that stop us from exercising.

Why should I bother?

Fitness isn’t just for people who want to lose weight or gain muscles. Exercising at least 150 minutes each week can cut your risk of death by more than half.

What’s more, exercise releases natural chemicals that boost energy levels and make you feel good. Even a short workout can leave you feeling more focused, confident and capable. Scientists all over the world have repeatedly confirmed physical activity can prevent and reduce depression.

It’s too expensive!

There are a lot of exercises you can do at home using only your body weight. Bottles or cans can easily replace dumbbells, and bath towels can be used for strengthening exercises too.

Outside your house, you can access the public outdoor gym at Chatswood Oval, or run with a local club for free such as North Shore Running Group.

I don’t have time…

You don’t have to go out of your way to benefit from exercise. Even short bursts of physical activity during the week can count towards lowering your risk of death and disease.

If you regularly walk to work or the local store, try walking faster than usual or making part of it a jog. You can also take advantage of waiting periods in your day to get in some extra minutes of exercise. Only have time on weekends? Cramming enough exercise into one or two weekly sessions is just as good as exercising every day.

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