All it takes is 150 minutes a week. Just 21.5 minutes a day. In chunks of as little as 10 minutes.
Participating in some type of daily physical activity for that small amount of time will make you physically and mentally healthier. That’s according to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.
Bet you’re thinking, yeah, yeah, I know, I should do it. But …
Well, ditch the excuses. Stop being part of the 85 per cent of adult Canadians who can’t squeeze in that minimum dose of daily exercise.
Need help? Well, our friends at participACTION are already hard at work.
They’ve organized ‘Sneak It In’ Week. This year, it runs from April 4 to 8.
It’s simple. And fun! All you need to do is set aside 10 minutes a couple of times during the day and do something physical to boost your heart rate.
Here are just a few activity suggestions from participACTION:
- Walk, run, cycle or in-line skate to work or during the lunch hour.
- Get off the bus a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way.
- Park your car several blocks away from work so you can walk.
- Take the stairs.
- Go “power shopping.”
- Leave your heels and loafers at home and wear sneakers.
Need extra motivation. Get a friend or two on board.
Better yet, get your employer on board. Talk to HR. Round up your work colleagues.
- Start a lunchtime walking group (aim for 10,000 steps a day!).
- Book a meeting room for a short yoga or pilates session.
- Hold meetings during a walk inside or outside the building.
- Map out an office walking route and offer a prize to whomever walks furthest.
- Replace coffee breaks with walking breaks.
It doesn’t matter what you do, just do something.