Ask the Doctor: Nov 13

ABC medical series Ask the Doctor tonight tackles Fitness, including ways to stay fit without going to the gym.

The doctors are on a health mission to save Australians from our dangerous sedentary lifestyles, which are slowly killing us. Around seventy per cent of us spend more than seven hours a day sitting down, leading to an increased risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and early mortality.

To test how bad the problem is and find solutions, Caroline teams up with Professor David Dunstan of Melbourne’s Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute to run an experiment.

Three volunteers are fitted with state-of-the-art activity monitors to study their daily habits. From binge-watching TV to being stuck behind the wheel of a car, they all spend a little time being active and a lot of time sitting down, and are in desperate need of change. With expert help, the trio is given new ideas to try out during their daily routines. The small changes turn out to make big differences, with the results ranging from impressive to spectacular.

Shalin hates going to the gym, so he’s on a search for easy exercises that he can do anywhere. He brings in Women’s Australian Football League trainer Dr Victoria Wyckelsma to help him muscle up without a serious weight-lifting session. Shalin road-tests a series of simple strength training activities anyone can try.

8pm tonight on ABC.

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