Saying You're "Busy" Isn't An Excuse Not To Exercise, Says Tiff Hall

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6 September 2018

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Tiff Hall says we need to move exercise up our priority lists, following reports at least one in four Australians aren’t getting the physical activity they need to stay healthy.

A new World Health Organisation report shows activity levels haven’t increased worldwide since 2001 – with1.4 billion people worldwide not meeting the recommended activity levels.

Tiff says while there’s loads of reasons people might not be exercising, being “busy” just doesn’t cut it.

“It’s not about being busy, it’s about having the wrong priorities. If you’re a busy mum, the laundry can wait, unloading the dishwasher can wait. Just pick up your favourite workout app or video and get moving,” she said, saying people should aim for just 10 to 15 minutes if they can’t manage longer.

Inactivity raises the risk of a raft of health problems, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and some cancers.

While the WHO recommends 2 and a half hours a week, Tiff says it’s just not enough.

“Two-and-a-half-hours a week no way. I think you should be prioritising 30-40 minutes a day. You don’t need to be breaking a sweat, but you do need to be moving your bodies.” 

Australian Government Physical Activity Guidelines

  • Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
  • Be active on most, preferably all, days every week.
  • Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (2 ½ to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.
  • Do muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week.

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