30s

Women's Health (South Africa) - - WHY NOT 100 -

In your 30s, zone in on... YOUR STAMINA

This is no decade to be lazy, it’s time to put your lungs and heart to work for fu­ture pay-off. Try this work­out: warm up with a five-minute walk. Sprint for 30 sec­onds. Walk or jog lightly for up to 90 sec­onds. Re­peat x 10.

YOUR MO­TI­VA­TION

When re­searchers at Toronto Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in Canada asked women in their 30s why they didn’t ex­er­cise, 40 per­cent said they didn’t have time and 40 per­cent said they didn’t have the will power. Strap on an ac­tiv­ity tracker and watch your in­ci­den­tal ex­er­cise step up. A re­cent study pub­lished in PLOS One shows a seden­tary per­son who in­creases her steps from 1 000 a day to 10 000 a day has a 46 per­cent lower mor­tal­ity risk. Com­ing up short? Make small, doable changes, like car­ry­ing in one gro­cery bag at a time from the car.

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