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Exercise – We Really Have No Excuse

Exercise – We Really Have No Excuse

Let’s be honest, we all know that exercise is good for us.  There is just so much evidence out there to support this that we would have to be living under a rock not to know.

Then why is it so difficult to exercise on a regular basis?

Based on a Statscan report – only 15% of Canadians are achieving the recommended amount of exercise each week – 150 minutes/week.  That means that 85% of us are not.

Why is this?

There are many reasons why we don’t exercise – with not enough time being the most common reason given.

Yet, as Canadian adults, we seem to be able to spend 30 hours a week watching television.  If we just took 2.5 hours of our TV time exercising a week, as a nation we could be so much healthier.  Not only would exercise help make us feel better, but it would also contribute to helping us live a more productive life as we age.

Research has shown that as much as half our functional decline between the ages of 30 and 70 is not due in fact to aging but as a result of our inactive lifestyles.

So, how do we get started? The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the following tips;

  • Choose a variety of physical activities you enjoy
  • Get into a routine
  • Limit the time you spend watching TV or sitting in front of a computer
  • Move – walk, bike, run as a mode of transportation
  • Do at least 10 minutes of physical activity at a time
  • Join a team – make your activity more social

So, what’s your excuse? What’s holding you back?  It shouldn’t be you don’t have enough time…

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