According to the World Health Organization, the recommendation to participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week has been considered insufficient. While all adults, even those over the age of 65, should strive to attain the weekly goal of 150 minutes, health specialists argue that individual goals must be realistic, taking into account possible physical limitations and established patterns of inactivity. Ultimately, you should be moving all the time: which is what the body was made to do. A number of studies have highlighted that it isn’t the failure to exercise that is the greatest risk to our health, but rather the fact we move very little throughout our daily lives.
If you really think about it, we probably spend a lot of time on our mobile phones and in front of our computers, at work, at home, through our transition of travel and even during our exercises. We don’t really notice the difference, because we have become so accustomed to these subtleties to our routines. We are pretty much dependent on them.
How can we fix this?
1. Set a realistic goal for yourself.
Make the time to do sixty minutes of exercise every day, of exercise, whether it is going for a walk or a quick bout in the gym, a simple outdoor or home exercise, the point is to move. Whether it be walking up stairs, or biking to work, everything counts!
2. Is sixty minutes too much? How about twenty?
Twenty minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise. These small bursts are beneficial for the body. It’s better to start-off small, then slowly increase the intensity, and your capabilities, little by little every single day. It can be anything from sprinting intervals or hitting the battle ropes, just remember it shouldn’t feel like a breeze.
3. Plan ahead.
If you find yourself constantly buckled down at work, put aside an hour before or after work to have a short but efficient workout. It helps if you know what exercises you are doing ahead of time.
4. Quit making excuses.
There is 24 hours in a day, if you can’t find even 30 minutes, let alone an hour, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your priorities. Do you want to change your lifestyle? If you do you have to commit to it.
5. Consult with our specialist at Crux Fitness.
We can help you plan out your exercise routine and advise you on the best regiment catered to you. Let us help with your fitness and you can rest at ease knowing we can deliver results.
Crux Fitness has 3 locations providing personal training services in: Richmond Gym, Cloverdale Gym, Walnut Grove Gym.
By Joseph King, Personal Trainer