There’s a notion that we all lead busier lives than ever before. And I doubt many of us would disagree with this.
We all feel daily pressures on our time. Be it work, family or any other commitment we feel we have to honour.
Time pressures are also cited as the reason so many of us don’t exercise as regularly as we should. The same is true of how we eat these days. It is far more convenient to get a takeaway or to chuck a ready meal in the microwave than to prepare a healthy meal from scratch.
The trouble with this mindset is that it is shortsighted.
And the irony is that by taking the time to exercise and eat healthily we actually create more time. Anything up to 7 extra years.
7 extra years. That’s over 2500 days.
And this isn’t just extra years at the end of your life frail, these are gains of disability-free years of life.
Also, the relative risk of death is approximately 20% to 35% lower in physically active and fit persons compared to that in inactive and unfit persons.
By exercising you are not only prolonging your life, giving you more time, but you also greatly reduce your chance of dying.
We are firmly against ever forcing people to do what they don’t want to do. If people choose not to exercise and eat poorly that is entirely their choice.
But we will argue against the notion of not having enough time to exercise when we know that it provides us with more time overall. This is saying nothing of the time we waste each day essentially doing nothing thanks to the curse of social media.
Ultimately the benefits of regular exercise are so overwhelming it’s mind-blowing we have become so good at not doing it.
When you consider that so much of our life is geared around saving time or having more of it, it’s crazy to think we have a proven method of generating more of it but so many of us chose not to use it.
It may sound a bit of a cliche, but it is undoubtedly true. When it comes to exercise you really can spend time to make time, and you absolutely should.