Qld: Australia's laziest state

Ian Ell spots for Joel Tanna in the gym during a weights session.
Ian Ell spots for Joel Tanna in the gym during a weights session. Mike Knott

A NEW study has shown Queenslanders are the laziest in the country when it comes to exercise.

Figures just out from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show only 62% of Queenslanders participate in sport or recreational activities, and we are less likely to exercise than people who live in every other state and territory.

And we're getting lazier.

Between 2005 and 2010, the number of people from the Sunshine State who engage in physical exercise dropped 5%.

A Bundaberg cardiologist believes Queensland's failure to adopt daylight saving is partially to blame for the city's high obesity levels.

Dr Hermann Wittmer, of the Friendly Society Private Hospital, said a lack of evening light was not conducive to exercise.

“It's already too hot when people get up in the morning and the sun is already down when they get home from work,” he said.

“If we had daylight saving, more people would get a chance to exercise.”

Dr Wittmer said exercise was key to battling obesity and lifting overall health outcomes.

“There's quite a lot of obesity in Queensland, especially in Bundaberg,” he said.

“If people were to exercise more, obesity rates and its complications would reduce dramatically.”

Complications from obesity include hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

City Fit members Joel Tanna, Ian Ell and Luther Thompson work out with cardio and weights for several hours a day, five days a week.

The keen footballers say they regard exercise as an enjoyable hobby with added health benefits.

“If you stay healthy, you live longer,” Mr Thompson said.

The ABS survey found that people living in the ACT and Northern Territory were the most likely of all to exercise, with respective participation rates of 77% and 72%.

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