MyHealthFirst Column: What’s your excuse for not exercising?

MK health consultant and owner of MyHealthFirst James Preston explains ways that even the busiest people can fit excercise into their daily routine to stay healthy.

I have clients all the time coming to me and saying, “I just don’t have the time to be physically active.”

I always respond – yes you do – it’s just you don’t have the knowledge of how to fit it in and what to do!

Now we know we have the obvious barriers of time, financial resources, knowledge of what exercise we should be doing, risk of injury which could mean we can’t work, stigmatisation from not being fit and entering the gym environment.

Thankfully, exercise psychologists and exercise physiologists have been hard at work trying to research “time efficient exercise strategies” which can be implemented into every day life.

Research has looked at High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) training as a gold standard. However, this can often be time intensive because of recovery time, duration of activity and feasibility of fitting this into everyday life.

Subsequently, research has looked at something known as Sprint Interval Training as a time efficient strategy to fit into the working day.

Evidence has recently demonstrated the revised lower repetition version of SIT, known as REHIT (reduced exertion high intensity interval training), has substantial benefits to cardio-metabolic health (i.e. respiratory function, blood pressure) and psychological functions/mood state. REHIT, unlike other forms of exercise, is two 20-second sprints, with an interval in the middle.

Therefore, just 40 seconds of intense exercise a day has significant impacts for your physiological and psychological wellbeing. So what’s your excuse?

Well, now you know, you don’t have one! Yes, you may be saying “Well, I don’t have an exercise bike.” Okay, I agree this is troublesome, so we need to be inventive.

Press ups in the morning, walking at a intense pace for 40 seconds a day, making sure we take the stairs instead of the lift, walking to the shops instead of taking the car round the corner.

Just 40 seconds of your day and you’re on your way to leading a more active lifestyle. However, I know this is difficult to implement and achieve at the start – therefore, you need someone like me to kickstart you in the right direction!

You can email James at or call him on 07568 685231. For more information visit or book a session with him at Address: Midsummer Court, 314 Midsummer Boulevard, Central MK, MK9 2UB.

This feature was published in the March 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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