It’s a question that’s been gruelling people for some time now. Desk jobs are becoming more and more prominent and advances in technology have allowed people to “save” their bodies from hard physical labour. Perhaps an unforeseen consequence of these advances has led people to spend a whole lot of time sitting, thus deteriorating their bodies and minds in the process. Obesity is up, heart disease is up, and depression comes along with it. I could make a giant pessimistic list of other consequences from being too stationary, but let’s concentrate on what we can do to mitigate it. After all, we are university students and we spend more time sitting than we’d like to admit.
According to Stats Canada, the Canadian government recommends a person to get at least 30 minutes of moderately intensive exercise a day in order to stay healthy and functional. Additionally, the 2005 study reported that 48% of Canadians 12 and older didn’t meet the minimal requirements. In addition, this neglect hinders the medical system and economics in general. By consciously trying to exercise daily it can improve someone’s life drastically. This includes reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression and a list of others. More information can be found here.
So how do you get 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise a day? Well, you need to make the time for it. It seems simple, right? But apparently it’s easier said than done. Creating positive habits can take weeks, and sticking to a schedule is not easy. For more information on creating positive habits check out the link.