Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - FITNESS NEWS -

Re­search has shown a “lack of time” is the ex­cuse most com­monly cited as the ma­jor im­ped­i­ment to ex­er­cis­ing. But As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor David Dun­stan, head of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity at the Baker IDI Heart & Di­a­betes In­sti­tute, says there are time-ef­fi­cient al­ter­na­tives to tra­di­tional train­ing that could be as ef­fec­tive as the rec­om­mended 30 min­utes a day. Here are his top five time-sav­ing tips.

“If time is an is­sue, use your com­mut­ing time as ex­er­cise time. It’s less likely to be seen as some­thing else on your list of things to do,” Pro­fes­sor Dun­stan says. Take a “whole-day” ap­proach to ex­er­cise. “Bite off your ex­er­cise into man­age­able chunks. It doesn’t have to be done in one hard slog. Go for a walk at lunch, do push-ups and sit-ups ev­ery ad break… we’ve over­looked the ben­e­fit of mov­ing more through­out the day be­cause we fo­cus on that 30minute ex­er­cise win­dow,” he says.

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