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ExerciseNZ’s Beddie highlights ways that activity increases life expectancy
Exercise Association of New Zealand (ExerciseNZ) Chief Executive Richard Beddie has highlighted new academic research studies which show that exercise increases life expectancy regardless of the size of people, proving exercise is critical to longevity.
Beddie flags that a British Medical Journal report says brisk walking increased life expectancy on all of those that took part in the study, regardless of their body mass index (BMI), which is often used as an indicator for people’s health.
Beddie, who has just returned from India helping that country set up a registration system for exercise professionals, heads to Lebanon this week where he will be presenting at an international conference about global exercise trends.
Explaining that the benefits of brisk walking exercise applied to people of all ages so the message of ‘move your body’ is such an important one and should be the focus for every New Zealand, regardless of bodyweight, Beddie advises “World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines suggest people should exercise 150 minutes a week, which means being active for 30 minutes five times a week, by doing any physical activity.
“Alternatively, people can benefit from exercising 90 minutes a week with moderate to intense activity, which also meets WHO suggested levels.
“So, for many, walking the dog regularly, or cycling to work may be enough, while for others a couple of trips to the gym every week meets these requirements.
“But what’s more important is every bit matters. Even if people cannot make the WHO guidelines, something is better than nothing here.
“In New Zealand, there are more than 4000 preventable deaths annually due to lack of physical activity compared to less than 400 due to the annual road toll, so lack of exercise is a hidden killer.
“The New Zealand exercise industry is ready and willing to play its part here and today we call on the government to work with us it to help get more Kiwis active.”
Beddie says there is so much talk about taxes on everything from sugar to processed foods but as a nation New Zealanders should look at encouraging or subsidising the other side of the equation.
Emphasising that New Zealanders need to do more and this needs leadership and direction from government, local authorities, organisations and workplaces, supporting people to get more active, he concludes “something needs to change given that we are the worst of all the developed countries and 13th worst in the world in meeting WHO exercise guidelines.’’
Issues relating to New Zealanders’ lack of exercise, and what can be done about it, will be discussed at ExerciseNZ’s annual FitEx conference, being held in Auckland from 22nd to 24th November.
Click here for more information on FitEx in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.
11th April 2019 - First major fitness conference to be staged in Christchurch for 15 years
23rd January 2019 - New Zealanders must grasp a far greater awareness of health
30th November 2018 - ExerciseNZ welcomes significant growth in Maori exercise leaders
22nd November 2018 - 2018 ExerciseNZ awards set to be presented in Auckland
30th October 2018 - New Zealand’s lead on female participation in exercise to inspire Asian nations?
27th September 2018 - iCREPs meeting sees coming together of international fitness registration bodies
25th October 2016 - NZREPs highlights the real cost of physical inactivity
1st June 2014 - Inactivity in women over 30 a greater health risk than smoking
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