Ex­er­cis­ing op­tions

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - YOUR GENERATION -

IT’S not hard to get caught in the repet­i­tive trap of ev­ery­day life. Work, fam­ily time, sleep, re­peat. Who has time for ex­er­cise? If you cat­e­gorise your­self as some­one who is too time poor to get ac­tive, Curtin Univer­sity’s Elissa Bur­ton has a ques­tion for you: do you have time to watch tele­vi­sion?

As a re­search fel­low with the univer­sity’s School of Phys­io­ther­apy and Ex­er­cise Sci­ence, Bur­ton said not ex­er­cis­ing and re­main­ing ac­tive could be detri­men­tal to over­all health and well­be­ing.

“What tends to hap­pen is that peo­ple tend to do less as time goes on and it’s a real shame; the less ac­tiv­ity we do, the more the mus­cle strength and en­durance can de­te­ri­o­rate,” Bur­ton said.

“Ex­er­cise needs to be pri­ori­tised. More el­derly peo­ple died in 2012 from falls than mo­tor ac­ci­dents.”

A mix of strength and re­sis­tance train­ing with aer­o­bic work­outs is piv­otal in en­sur­ing you stay in prime phys­i­cal con­di­tion in the long run.”

Bur­ton said if peo­ple stopped ex­er­cis­ing or moving at all, mus­cles would weaken, en­durance would fall and bal­ance would de­pre­ci­ate. “As part of those min­utes, it’s im­por­tant to try do at least two ses­sions a week of re­sis­tance train­ing, but on the other days, there’s things like walk­ing, cy­cling and swim­ming.” At the times when it seems near im­pos­si­ble to squeeze in a trip to the gym, Bur­ton sug­gests peo­ple try sneak­ily in­cor­po­rat­ing strength move­ments into house­hold chores. “Say you’re tak­ing the wash­ing out, you might put the wash­ing bas­ket on the ground,” she said. “If you do this, bend at your knees rather than your waist; you’ll be do­ing a squat which strength­ens your legs and glutes. “Even some­thing like gar­den­ing is great for be­ing ac­tive. “If you get down on your knees to pull out weeds and then stand back up, do­ing this for a few hours will re­ally help to strengthen your lower body.”

Yoga is a great work­out for both re­lax­ing and build­ing mus­cle strength.

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