Authorities should promote exercise that's fun, not just exhausting, believes Professor Tim Olds, a researcher at the University of South Australia.
While current guidelines state that people should exercise for 30 minutes a day, there's usually an emphasis on exercises that are merely exerting.
explained that there should be just as much focus on picking an activity that a person will enjoy.
is conducting a study of over 200 people and recording what activities make them the happiest.
believes that one of the drivers of obesity in Australia is that people can't find the right physical activity that they enjoy and that fits into their lifestyle.
Making sure they have fun is crucial for ensuring they keep up the activity and enjoy significant results, he
There should also be more of an emphasis on people finding ways to move in daily life, said Professor Olds
"You don't have to be a marathon runner, but movement is important," Professor Olds
added that if people could re-design their lives to be more movement-focused, they can reduce their risk of diabetes, arthritis and a range of other diseases.