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Physical Activity Doesn't Have to Take Too Much Time

August 29, 2011 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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When counselling individuals, one of the first things I hear is: "I just have no time". Yes, life's demanding, jobs are less active, and it's daunting  to think of sweating in the gym for hours at the end of day. WAIT A MINUTE!? Hours? Gym? Are these things really needed to reap the overwhelming health benefits of physical activity? The answer to this is NO!

 New research has shown that even small bursts of "incidental activity" (e.g. walking up stairs) have the ability to promote weight loss and improve cardiovascular health. A large Taiwanese study including over 400 000 people showed that even as little as 15 minutes of daily activity assisted the individuals in reducing chronic disease risk by 14% and increased their life expectancy by 3 years! This being said, the first step to overcoming the Barrier of No Time is to realize that:

  • EVERY STEP YOU TAKE AND EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE COUNTS!

Another key to success is INTEGRATION! Here are some ways I integrate activity into my day:

  • I park in the furthest parking spot possible.
  • I do lots of Calisthenics (e.g. Push-ups , Squats, shoulder raises) as soon as I wake up throughout the day (I challenge my co-workers to do this so I am not the only one doing push-ups in dress shoes!).
  • I promote walking by having "Walk & Talk" meetings.
  • I register for organized sport as it is FUN, Social, and gives me a great workout!

I encourage all readers to share the fun and exciting ways you integrate activity into your day. What do you do? Additional Resources:

Keep Positive, Keep Smiling, and KEEP MOVING!

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