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We challenge you: Exercise for 30 minutes

Welcome to Canada's Balance Challenge.

We're just three days in and already the response has been tremendous.

For the week of November 1, The Globe and Mail is issuing a challenge to Canadians: Each day, take some time for yourself.

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We'll offer a daily suggestion - but if it doesn't work for you, try something that does. As long as it puts you or family first, it counts.

Try it out and then let us know how it goes in our comments section. You can even send us a photo or video of you enjoying your newfound "me" time.

Wednesday's challenge: Exercise for 30 minutes

No, you don't have to hit the gym or dig your running shoes out of the closet. If you can, great. But if you haven't exercised in a while, it's not a good idea to push yourself. Instead, aim for brisk walk at lunch or after dinner. Or shoot some hoops with the kids. You can even break it into two 15-minute chunks. So go for it: You'll feel great.

I race walk 6.5 k every lunch hour. I feel 100% better afterwards and don't mind sitting at my desk for the rest of the afternoon. Nina Powell on Facebook

Mission accomplished! I start most days with a half hour walk along the South Saskatchewan River here in Saskatoon. I often pop down for a brief sit and think on my favorite riverside rock. Patricia Katz

Having just had surgery on the bottom of my foot to remove a tumour, I race around the block on my crutches.....takes 30 minutes and I now have the most amazing abs ever! Rev Sue

From Tuesday's challenge: Leave work on time:

Nobody will die if I leave a task unfinished before going home. Management tries to shame us into working loads of unpaid overtime but I have better things to do (like use my free time for worthy causes). brampton dude

I left on time yesterday and today!! Whoop whoop! Especially considering last week where I put in 13 1/2 hours overtime and got paid for one. Helene McKenzie

I could not do it.... I was summoned to the office of the company I have a contract for meetings and other mind numbing face time.....I bailed at 2:45. Marcel Mucker

Almost had it yesterday...but then I took that 'last call'. Ann Marie Plonka on Facebook

Well, since I started 90 minutes early today, I maybe, just maybe, able to do - uh oh, gotta get this email .... CeeRBee

It's in employees' interest to leave on time; a phenomenon out of Japan's called 'karoshi', which means 'to die at one's desk'. Why give your whole life to a company, sitting in a drab cubicle? ter Grevstad on Facebook

I leave work on time nearly every day. My house is a 10 minute walk from work. Or a short bicycle ride. I walk to the park for lunch breaks. I guess I've got it pretty good. Is that abnormal? d.c.b.

Monday's challenge: Take a 15-minute coffee break

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