No time, No way! No excuses, says contributor Catherine Cameron, “you all have time to sneak exercise into your day.”

What can make you happier, help you manage your weight, prevent and fight disease, slow aging, promote better sleep, boost your confidence, decrease pain, and even add a little spark to your sex life?

Exercise of course!

As a former personal trainer and having led fitness classes for 27 years, you won’t believe some of the reasons I’ve heard as to why people don’t exercise. At the top of the list?

“I have no time”.

In response to this particular excuse, I would argue that what people really have is a perception that they have no time. As committed as I am to helping Canadians move more, I’m equally committed to helping them discover that they do have time to be active each and every day. We all do.

Even if all you’ve got is 10 minutes, grab it! Research shows that even tiny bouts of activity, as little as 10 minutes at a time, are associated with increased fitness. And these mini workouts all count towards the minimum 150 minutes of heart-pumping activity adults need each week for health benefits.

5 Easy Ways to Sneak Exercise Into Your Day

  1. Walk or bike the kids to school – and yourself to work. Be an active role model for your kids and they’re more likely to be active themselves. Trust me, they need it. Only 7% of Canadian kids and teens get enough physical activity.
  2. Get a dog. Those who own dogs take more steps. A responsibility to take Fido out for a walk three or four times a day, and in all weather, will help you achieve or exceed the recommended 10,000 steps a day.

For three more tips, please see my original feature for Boomer Nutrition.

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