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Time to Get Healthy: April 12, 2011

Work, school, after school activities, errands, meals, 24 hours can go by in a flash for many Southwest Florida families. And often times, healthy eating and exercise get put on the back burner.

"It has to be a lifestyle change. It's not just something you do for a short period of time," says Heather Sines. Sines is a fitness trainer at The Cape Coral Wellness Center.

She hears a lot of excuses as to why people aren't exercising regularly. One of the most popular: not having enough hours in the day. "It's the time and a lot of people I deal with are usually women and they always put everyone else before themselves so that's what it always seems to be with women in general."

Everyone should be getting at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. If you can't carve out 30 consecutive minutes, fitness experts suggest three 10 minute spurts throughout the day.

When it comes to eating healthier, Heather says it takes a bit of thinking outside of the box. "It's hard to do when you have all this fast food and things like that to get nice and quickly so you have to kind of create new meals and new ways to eat and you have to structure your life around it a little bit."

Your family physician can also take a look at your family's schedule and help create a timeline that can make every moment work in your quest to get healthier.