Findings show just one woman in six has exercised regularly since childhood, compared to more than one in three men. Three out of five women said they have never taken regular exercise, which is double the rate of men.
If you could take exercise pill form, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented. Experts say regular exercise cuts the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression.
We all know that. But our lives are busy, right? Or some people, like me, have disabilities that prevent strenuous exercise.
Doing any activity including walking, gardening and cycling from four to six times per week carries the same reduction in risk compared to doing nothing at all. There’s evidence that regular physical activity can protect you from everything from obesity to Alzheimer’s.
Stop going through life with the minimum of physical effort.
That's what I do. I move the cup and the milk closer to the fridge and the door at the same time, without taking extra steps. This prevents pain. But, maybe more movement is the answer, not less. Modern society has taught us that saving effort is better, but this is not the case when it comes to physical activity. Stop thinking of exercise as something that requires a change of clothes and a warm-up. Neither of those things would cross your mind if you had to run away from a thief in the street or snatch a baby from the path of a speeding car.
Move a bit more, and soon it’ll become natural.
Always take the stairs, walk more, stand up more instead of sitting, carry heavy shopping balanced in each hand, sit on the floor to watch tv, and help other people like the elderly with their garden. See in-depth article at the Guardian.
My husband and I form the perfect example. Although thin and ill, he's constantly active. Even when he sits in his chair to watch tv, he gets up to fetch something many times instead of relaxing. I take tiny steps, always afraid of losing my balance, always careful not to hurt my replaced hips more. My body is brittle and each fall has resulted in broken fingers. I sit at the computer every day, keeping my mind active, and relax for hours at a time watching the television at night.
How can women endure the shame of letting men beat them in the exercise stakes?