A pump class, a gym workout, two walks by the beach and you have got your health and fitness covered right? Not necessarily so.
Many Australians may meet the base health guidelines of accumulating 150 minutes of physical activity per week. However, many modern day jobs such as retail, call centre, transport, machinery and other office based work involve long periods of sitting – sometimes up to 76% of the day, says the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Research is increasingly showing that even if you achieve the recommended amount of weekly exercise, it cannot reverse the negative health effects of 8 plus hours per day sitting down. What is even more alarming is that this research does not take account of people’s out of work time. The total amount of hours spent sedentary would be much higher if we included, travel to and from work, meal times, TV viewing, reading and sleeping... and the long-term health picture far more grim.