Number 1 Reason People Stop Exercising

One thing we’ve heard from many clients is how busy they are. In fact, it’s the number one reason someone won’t start or will stop an exercise program. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in a day to get everything done!

Fortunately, that’s exactly what we specialize in — helping really busy people commit to their health and fitness so they can look and feel their best.

So here are some quick and easy tips to help maximize your time while maximizing your health and fitness:

Move your body:

Focus on increasing your overall activity more throughout the day.

Avoid distractions: 

We can’t tell you how many times we see gym-goers zoning out while watching TV or reading a magazine. If you want to maximize your workouts, put away the books, magazines and distractions.

Go for intensity:

When you don’t have a ton of time, replace long duration and easy intensity cardio with short and hard interval training.

Use your whole body:

When you’re strapped for time, start combining muscle conditioning movements.

Less rest:

Sequence your exercises so you don’t need any rest periods.

Less reps:

Instead of doing high-endurance muscle conditioning, which takes longer, increase your weight load and keep your repetitions between 8 and 12.

Have a plan:

If you want to be efficient and effective, know exactly what you’re going to do and stay focused.

Manage your chit-chat:

If you notice half of your time is spent gossiping, you’ll get a lot more done in a shorter period of time if you keep the conversations short.

Early morning workouts:

Really busy people have a much better time adhering to a workout program if they do it first thing in the morning — before other responsibilities get in the way.

Quality time with others:

Schedule workouts and active adventures with friends and family so you can get in your workout while spending quality time with your loved ones — it’s positive multi-tasking.

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Too busy is not an excuse! Exercise will actually give you more energy so you can be more productive. Instead of exercise taking up too much time, it will actually give you more time and energy. And we could all use a little of both.

Stay tuned next week, because I am launching the “Lean in 2013” workout series that will only take 30 minutes per day, three days per week. I don’t care how busy you are, anyone can make that commitment to their health and fitness.

Make a New Year’s Resolution that you want to stick to?  Click HERE for my tips and tricks to successful New Year’s Resolutions.

Yours in Health & Fitness,
Sherri McMillan


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