Time or money? Why you need both to be healthy

From ABC Health and Wellbeing, 1 June 2015:

Time poor? Of course you are. Who isn’t, these days? We’re all desperately trying to cram two-days’ worth of activity into one, and it seems like everything has to have happened yesterday.

Deadlines scream at you while yet another crumpled note from your child’s school gently nudges you to volunteer your time for something. Your dog gives you THAT look then stands pointedly next to its long-neglected leash. You know you should catch that spin class and cook a healthy meal afterwards, but by the time your workday ends all you can manage is to grab some take-away and slump guiltily in front of Game of Thrones.

Sound familiar? Maybe not the exact details, but there’s no doubt that time is one commodity in short supply in the modern world.

Unfortunately, being time poor doesn’t just mean we’re not getting things done. It’s also making us sick, according to Associate Professor Lyndall Strazdins, senior fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, at the Australian National University.

“Pretty much every single study that has gone out and asked people why don’t you eat healthy, why don’t you do more exercise – because most people these days do know that they should – [reveals] the most common reason given will be lack of time,” Strazdins says. Read more.

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