Clocking in the exercise
Do you get enough exercise or is ‘workout’ a swear word in your home?
Love it or loathe it, exercise is essential to good health and doing even the minimum amount of recommended exercise reduces the average risk of death by 30 percent.
The current medical recommendation for adults is 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. This means we should be working out for 30 minutes, five days a week. However, in a recent All4Women.co.za poll 48.8% of readers admitted that they hardly ever or never exercise. Clearly we are falling short.
Okay, so we know that it’s important but, if it feels like a mission to work out, here are some ways to clock up enough ‘active hours’ in the week (without even stepping into a gym).
TV show moves
Combine a seemingly bad and regular habit of watching TV with exercise and you’ll get great results without it feeling like a drag.
Contrary to popular belief, exercising doesn’t always require 100 percent of your attention. In fact, a study by the University of Florida found that people cycle about 25 percent faster while distracted by easy cognitive tasks.
No stationary bike or treadmill? No problem! Grab free weights and try this workout, devised by personal trainer Carla Smith.
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