“I don’t have time to exercise” (2 MINUTE READ)

“Hey doc, is there anything that you can give me that makes me feel better, stronger, faster and potentially live longer?” Perhaps a super drug is in order. Does it exist?

Actually, it does.

I get out my prescription pad and prescribe exercise.

Drug: Exercise

Dosage: Something is better than nothing. More is better than less. 

Repeats: Unlimited 

“Oh exercise? I don’t have time to exercise”

I get excited. I now delve into my “I don’t have time to exercise” spiel. It’s also an opportunity to say the word “spiel” which is just nice.

“So what are you busy with my friend?”

“…work has been busy and in between looking after the kids, taking them to cricket training and doing the shopping, I just don’t have the time.”

[Enter grim story-line]

One day, you are on your way to your busy job and you get a severe central crushing chest pain. You can’t breathe properly. Oooo, here come the sweats! You stop on the side of the road. Oooo, there is your first vomit.

Something is not right. This could be a heart attack! You call triple 000 and wait for the ambulance to arrive. Your wife and kids meet you at the hospital. You get told off by your wife for not calling her first #classic. The heart attack is confirmed. You are taken into the operating theatre and you come out with 2 brand spanking new stents in the arteries supplying your heart. One of the arteries was completely blocked, hence the heart attack, and the other was well on its way.

You are eventually discharged from the hospital with a long list of medications and a new friend you refer to lovingly as “my cardiologist”. You have many clinic appointments to look forward to.

So the argument stands, I thought you didn’t have time?

Here’s the punchline. You can be as busy as you want but, preventable illnesses like heart disease or strokes or even cancer doesn’t give a sh**. You may think you don’t have time but, that chest pain will make you realise in a hurry that there is always time to go to the hospital.

You can be as busy as you want but, illness doesn’t care.

All of the stuff we fill our time with is what essentially makes up our life. In my opinion, as well as the opinions of many respectable health bodies, one of those things HAS to be exercise. If you are able, I truly believe that it is non-negotiable.

So here are 2 simple principles for exercise:

  • Something is better than nothing and more is better than less
  • Trust in the 3650 rule; For example, 10 minutes a day, every day for 10 years will amount to 36,500 minutes of exercise or over 25 days of full exercise i.e. 10 minutes X 3650 = 36,500 minutes. See here for a detailed discussion about the 3650 rule.

I would love for you to share this post and comment with your biggest takeaway from this post. This will not only help spread this message but it will also help solidify anything you have picked up from reading this.

As always, stay in school, don’t do drugs and simply, MOVE.

Dr G

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