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Achieve your physical activity goals with active transportation

(NC) This month, ParticipACTION is encouraging Canadians to stick to their new year's resolutions by opting for small changes that can have a huge impact.

It probably comes as no surprise that physical activity-related goals are among the top 10 most common resolutions. Oftentimes, we set goals that are just too lofty. This is why more than half of Canadians break their goals by the one-month mark.

One of the easiest ways for your whole family to incorporate physical activity is to switch to active transportation. Rather than driving, pick up your sneakers, blades, or bicycle

to get to your destination. Doing so can significantly contribute to the daily physical activity that is required for overall health.

From ParticipACTION, here are some quick tips to put active transportation into your routine:

• Encourage and support your children to engage in 'active' transportation, like walking and cycling to and from school;

• Take turns leading a 'walking school bus' with other parents in your neighbourhood;

• Instead of driving to recreational activities like hockey or dance class, factor some extra time to walk;

• Park the car a short distance from school or other destinations, and walk the rest of the way when it is not possible to walk the whole way;

• Rather than driving to the grocery store, why not make it a fun family activity by walking or cycling there?

If kids walked for all trips less than one kilometre, they would accumulate approximately 15-20 minutes of walking per trip... and that adds up. If you would like to learn some additional ways to integrate active transportation into your family's lifestyle, visit

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