Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Time for exercise ?

We all know that exercise is important yet how many of us convert the knowing into doing. To use the Zen quotation “to know and not to do is not yet to know”.

The most common reason given is lack of time. All of us have 24 hours available in the day (16 once you have slept for 8 hours). So why is it that some people find the time and others don’t? This statistic may provide a clue.

Time magazine (March 9 2009) reports that according to a Nielsen report the average American watched 151 hours of television per month in the fourth quarter of 2008.This does not include time on the internet or in front of other screens

This equates to 5 hours per day .Before we point the finger at Americans, it is unlikely that Australia, the UK or a number of other Western countries fare much better.

Given that 30 minutes per day on at least 4 days per week is the basis of a good exercise program, lack of time cannot be the reason. As with all things in life the answer is the choices we make and our priorities. If you make regular physical activity a priority then the time is there and for those that way inclined there is still 4 ½ hours TV time per day

The key is mindset and choosing to be active.

Tip for the day:

Park your car in the bay furthest rather than closet to your destination

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