I recently watched an excellent episode of the Insight program on SBS discussing exercise. It highlighted both the reasons why – good for your heart and your brain, including reducing the risk of dementia (for which there is excellent scientific backing) – as well as the difficulties of doing so – namely good motivation to start with, but lack of persistence.
The ‘dose’ of exercise was also covered, from 75-150 minutes a week of vigorous exercise, to 150-300 minutes of mild-moderate exercise. Worth highlighting. Increasing your exercise will also prolong your life, especially when you start doing something from a base of nothing,
There was one point, which I thought was excellent. Motivation will get you there, but making it a habit will keep you there. Making exercise a daily habit, with the help of planning and friends / family, will ease the daily decision-making burden of “finding the time” and getting the motivation up for each day.