And for those prone to anxiety and depression, there's even more good news...
With lengthy commutes, demanding desk jobs and a busy social calendar (or a lack of energy to do anything more than collapse on the sofa of an evening), finding time to exercise can be hard. With a spot of forward planning and the knowledge of how to maximise your workout in a short amount of time, you can exercise efficiently in your lunch break and thus find you work even better once back at your desk afterwards. If you don’t actually put your workouts in your diary, it’s all too easy to flake on them.
A study conducted by Stanford University has revealed that Indians are among the laziest in the world, ranking 39th among 46 nations in the order of activeness, and averaging just 4,297 steps per person per day. Hong Kong, on the other hand, is home to the most active people, averaging 6,880 steps a day. Between 8,000 and 10,000 steps a day is the default goal that most trackers have. In a paper presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress in London in 2015, researchers revealed that taking a brisk walk of at least 25 minutes daily could add close to seven years to a person’s life.
It turns out that just a minute’s exercise a day can have a hugely beneficial impact on your health. According to a study by the Universities of Exeter and Leicester, women who do 60-120 seconds of high-intensity weight-bearing exercise a day have four per cent better bone density than those who do less than a minute. After the age of 30, people tend to lose more bone mass than they gain, and the higher your bone density, the lower your likelihood of developing osteoporosis.
Weight-lifting brings tangible results and is hugely satisfying. Gradually, general consensus is shifting though, with more and more women trying resistance training - be that with weights or just their own bodies - and never looking back. “When it comes to fat loss, the single most important factor is making sure you burn off more calories than you consume on a day-to-day basis,” Mans explained to The Independent.
Skipping for 10 minutes a day gives you the same benefits as playing two sets of tennis (singles) or 30 minutes of jogging! Jumping rope is a great cardio exercise as it increases your heart rate, like jogging or running does, but with less damage to the knees. Pretty much a full-body exercise, jumping rope also targets your quadriceps, hamstrings, lower back and hip muscles.
Have you noticed spare tyres around your belly? Your desk job is to be blamed for the weight gain. According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder that was published in ‘Business News Daily’, around 58% of people in a desk job were overweight compared to just 30% of people in a non-desk job.