If you cannot make time for exercise, you better make time for getting sick.

That is the message from Hunter exercise experts who want people to focus less on weight loss and more on their fitness.

University of Newcastle researchers have said there is a fitness crisis in the region, with too few residents doing an adequate amount of exercise.

Dr Ben Ewald from the School of Medicine and Public Health said people with good fitness not only reduced their risk of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease but also protected themselves against colds, flus, infections and mental illness.Under national guidelines people should do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day.

Read more in the Newcastle Herald.