Social media is awash with perfectly sculpted bodies and 12-pack abdominals served up as fitspiration and to get you exercising, too.
It’s reasonable to suspect not everyone you see on screen is as healthy – or feels as good – as their fitspo profile suggests. And some of them may even be overdoing things on the exercise front.
At the other extreme, many of us spend hours sitting in front of screens and simply don’t move around enough each day to look or feel our best, let alone protect our health.
The proven benefits of regular physical activity include reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, certain forms of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Other benefits of regular exercise include increased circulation (hello healthy glow), increased secretion of the anti-aging substance known as Human Growth Hormone (HGH), increased metabolic rate, more energy, deeper sleep, better moods, better digestion, reduced stress and improved bone density.
With statistics like this, you’ve picked the right industry at the right time!
However, the fact remains that most of us could do with more exercise. According to the latest figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 60 per cent of adults do less than the current recommended guidelines of 30 minutes of physical activity per day and only 20 per cent do an hour or more per day.And to make matters worse, 30 per cent of adults spend more than five hours doing sedentary leisure activity each day .
Meanwhile, Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommend adults be active on most, preferably all, days every week and accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (that’s 2.5 to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1.25 or 2.5 hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity (or an equivalent mix of both moderate and vigorous activities) each week.
Plus, it’s recommended we do muscle strengthening activities (resistance training with hand weights or your own body weight) at least two days a week