Perth Now - Monday 12 September 2011

Full-time workers less active than part-time

MORE than half of all Aussies don't get enough exercise and women are the worst culprits, government figures show.

Six out of 10 Aussies fail to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day, found an Australian Bureau of Statistics snapshot of physical activity released last week and based on a 2007-08 data.

Women were less likely than men (29 per cent to 33 per cent) to get half an hour of activity.

Women were also more likely to work at desk jobs, with 57 per cent spending four hours a day or more sitting at work, compared to 47 per cent of men.

But both men and women who worked full time were less likely to be active than those who worked part time.

Australia was fast becoming a sitting culture, Prof Adrian Bauman from the University of Sydney's School of Public Health said.
"We all work more, we all watch much more television and drive to and from work and spend less and less time walking," he said.

Prof Bauman said while many people said they didn't have time or felt too tired to exercise, being active increased alertness and a sense of well-being.

He said a major problem with younger people was the amount of time they spent on screen activities, including social networking, rather than catching up with people face to face.

"Younger people are putting on weight and becoming overweight and obese faster than any other age group," he said.

Physical activity should be integrated into our lives, he said.
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