Find Time for Exercise offers an achievable solution – regular exercise – to one of the biggest health issues facing the world today: physical inactivity and its consequent problems, including obesity, reduced life expectancy and a wide range of physical and mental health issues.
Part 1 sets the scene by describing the worldwide scale of the problem, then focuses on the benefits of exercise and finding the inspiration to increase your own activity levels. Part 2 shares the author’s own exercise challenge and how he began an unbroken eight-year streak of moving at least 5 kilometres per day – walking, running, cycling, kayaking, canoeing or skiing. Part 3 tells the personal stories of ten brave men and women who took on their own challenges to improve their health and well-being, and make positive changes in their lives. Part 4 of the book looks at a range of other challenges, including The Daily Mile and parkrun, and goes on to discuss the health benefits of active commuting, workplace activity and owning a dog. This builds a motivating case for Part 5, which helps the reader set and achieve their own challenge, with suggestions for how to find time for exercise in their busy lives.
The final chapter draws together a list of ten principles aimed at helping the reader to choose and succeed in their own challenge. By making regular exercise an achievable activity, focused on the individual’s own goals, however modest, this book shows how everyone can find time for exercise and reap the benefits.