Right now is the peak time of year for fitness resolutions, but most of us should face the fact: we don’t have the willpower to exercise.
Yes, we know our sedentary lifestyle is killing us with a whole host of unpleasant side effects ranging from back pain and depression to diabetes and cancer.
Yes, we know that regular exercise significantly helps prevents strokes, anxiety, heart disease and dementia.
The government recommends at least half an hour of moderate exercise such as cycling or brisk walking five times a week plus strength exercises that work all the major muscles two days a week.
Richmond may be the sportiest borough in the country with over half of residents carrying out physical activity at least once a week, but 40% of the 40-60 age group in England walk less than 10 minutes a month.
It seems that we all know we should exercise but can’t face actually doing it.
And despite all our good intentions in the new year, we know we will find reasons for not doing it.
So what should those of us who lack the requisite self-motivation do to counter the risk of illness or death caused by sitting?
Gym membership is likely to be a waste of money if you don’t have the motivation to use it regularly.
We think a personal trainer is the way to go if you are prepared to invest in your health.
Not only does PhysioExtra have great people to help get you in good shape, we also offer physiotherapy to heal or prevent injuries.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to a personal trainer, try to factor exercise into your daily routine, rather than making it a separate activity. 10,000 – 15,000 steps a day is a good idea.
As a third of car journeys in London are under 2km, why not leave the car behind and walk? It would also have a major impact on air pollution.
A happy and healthy new year to you all!