The most valuable currency that we all share is our time. How we spend it and who we spend it with matters. This is why I started to rethink our approach to working out years ago.
As a personal trainer, I didn’t want my clients to have to choose between working hard at work or catching their kid’s soccer game and going to the gym. We have this ingrained idea that for each of us to be in shape, we have to exercise for an hour every day. This is simply not true. The key to fitness has and always will come down to being consistent and eating a clean diet.
So how does a busy person accomplish this? Here are a few tricks that I use with my busiest clients to help them make fitness a lifestyle.
Be Consistent with Your Workouts:
Goal: Sweat six days a week.
Why: Your body is made to be in motion. Keep it moving!
How: Three-part answer:
- Do what you love and find an accountability partner. You are more likely to do what you enjoy, even if you’re busy. Maybe you love to run. Then find a friend who likes this as well. Now you have accountability to show up, plus you are doing what you love. Try for two days a week for this type of fun activity.
- Become a fan of high-intensity interval training. HIIT is simply the most efficient way to train with limited time. These workouts can be accomplished in 7 to 30 minutes. Aim for four days a week of HIIT when you don’t have much time on your hands. Try my 20 Minutes to Strong, Healthy, and Fit workout that you can do right now without any equipment!
- Follow my “Three 20s” Concept: You have three 20-minute windows in your day. They are when you first wake up, during lunchtime, and after work. The key is to maximize these brief time windows. A great day would include waking up to crush it in a quick HIIT Workout at home, and then walking to and from lunch and dinner or taking your pet for a longer walk after work instead of walking at dinnertime. If you’re single, that’s a great way to meet a potential date. Just saying. #motivation