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.