1240033_909293612475960_3144498123480991283_n We’ve all been guilty of using father time as an excuse for skipping on exercise but experts say there is a misconception about how much exercise is really needed at one time. Instead of investing an hour in one shot, you can just as easily increase your fitness level by fitting in 10 minute intervals of exercise throughout the day.

According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, for adults aged 18-64 to achieve health benefits they should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate – to vigorous – intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days per week.

Also you don’t need to join a fancy gym or buy pricey home equipment to build a good fitness program either. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways, by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or speed up your household chores.

However, to really burn calories and lose weight (if that is your goal) you’ll want to get your heart pumping and break a sweat. The key thing to remember is to pace yourself, especially if you are just a beginner.

At the Gym, my top recommendation is a Spinning class – the pace can be set by the individual and using the bike is easy on the knees (a key complaint for many beginner or novice trainees). For those at home workouts I use a free app called let’s WOD Workout of the day. It’s basically a workout through a deck of cards. Choose four of your fave exercises (one per suit) and do the reps as they randomly come up on your phone until the pack is complete. Take breaks as you need to and try to pick 4 exercises that target different parts of the body. Here are a few suggestions to kick you off:

image1 Squats or Jump Squats for higher intensity
Lunges
Push-ups (on your knees optional)
Tricep dips off a chair
Shoulder Press
Calve Raises
Crunches
Sit-ups
Mountain climbers