Allison Smith walking her dog, Kota

Allison Smith discusses how she beats the “not enough time to workout” fitness nemesis

We all know that exercise is an important part of living a long and healthy life. Finding the time in a busy schedule to exercise on a regular basis can be extremely difficult and complicated for a lot of people. It is important to remember that exercise doesn’t have to be a full hour-long session at the gym. In fact, some excellent forms of exercise, don’t even seem like exercise at all, such as walking your dog.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults who sit less and do any amount of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity gain some health benefits.

What kind of excuses do Americans use to avoid doing any exercise? According to an article by The Heart Foundation, there are some very common excuses. Some of the excuses that The Heart Foundation cited as the top ten excuses included not being able to afford a gym, not having enough time, finding exercise boring, and not liking to exercise alone.

Allison Smith is a young woman who lives in Hastings, Minnesota. Like many people, she has a busy life. She has many responsibilities at home and at work, and she often finds it difficult to find the time and motivation to fit a workout into her busy schedule. But during the early weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic, Smith, like many other Americans, decided to do something she had been wanting to do for some time – she welcomed a dog into her home.

Smith’s dog, a 2-year-old blue heeler, black lab, pit bull mixed breed, named Kota is a young, athletic dog that is full of energy and really needs regular exercise. Smith has found that taking Kota for walks, runs and for visits to dog parks is not only good exercise for Kota, but also for herself.

Allison Smith walking her dog, Kota

And best of all, she takes Kota out for some amount of exercise every day, even if it is for a shorter period of time on bad weather, or particularly busy days. While this doesn’t completely meet the full CDC recommended levels of exercise for health benefits, it is a good start and definitely reduces Smith’s amount of time spent sitting each day.

Listen to the podcast above to hear Smith discuss her activities with Kota.

There are many different ways that you too, could incorporate some physical activity into your busy day. The previously mentioned article by The Heart Foundation offers some simple solutions to the different excuses that many people will use. You can also just think about how to simply sit less each day, as the CDC recommends.

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