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Exercise more. Eat less

Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Once again the topic of our waist line is hot on the agenda, with the National Health and Medical Research Council releasing new dietary guidelines, updated for the first time in a decade.

In previous years, the Council recommend regular exercise, of at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a day. Under the new guidelines, however, the figure has risen to 45 minutes to an hour PLUS a healthy, balanced diet. The evidence now shows diet and exercise is symbiotically linked, with one unable to survive without the other.

Sonic HealthPlus Doctor Barry Kanagaiyan agrees with the research, saying gone are the days when you can have a guilt-free pie for lunch because you walked the kids to school.

“Unfortunately, doing regular exercise each day doesn’t mean eating more – especially when it comes to sugary or fatty foods. Take one can of soft drink for example, which can take more than an hour to walk off,” said Dr Kanagaiyan.

“What it does mean is that you will lose weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and obesity, and maintain a longer, happier lifestyle.”

Regular physical activity has also been shown to help reduce dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and prevent anxiety and depression.

If you are looking to make some changes to your life, here are a few simple recommendations from Dr Kanagaiyan:

  • Walk or ride your bike to work
  • Join a local sports team
  • Snack on fruit and nuts, not tea-room biscuits
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Try not to eat at your desk or in front of a TV.