training tip of the month
During my long career as a personal trainer, I’ve heard just about every excuse there is for not working out on a consistent basis, but the biggest and most repeated excuse I hear is “time.” People always tell me they don’t have enough time—I’m here to tell you, time should no longer be an excuse. If you’re having a hard time fitting in a workout, try implementing these tips into your daily or weekly routine:
- Put it in pen (or in your smartphone).
- Know that 30 minutes is all you need.
- Do it at home.
Much like using a “to-do” list, writing down a time to work out or setting a reminder in your phone will serve as a visual cue that you must get it done. Try keeping your list short and prioritize it based off importance. I personally put my workout at the top of my list because it’s a great way to start the day and ensure that I get my workout in, no matter what. If you’re not sure where working out will fit in your schedule, it might mean waking up a little earlier or going to bed a little later—either way, it’ll be worth it!
You don’t have to put a lot of time into your workouts, but you do have to put in the work. Whatever your fitness goals are, short and more frequent workouts will provide you with health benefits you can feel and results you can see. Plus, 30 minutes is only a very small fraction of your day. You don’t have to work out every day, but I recommend working out at least 3–5 times a week. If you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle but feel you don’t have the time, the best advice I can give you is, “Make the time.”
Plenty of successful workouts can happen in the comfort of your own home. I know what you’re thinking—your home looks nothing like a gym and you have no idea what to do or where to start, but it’s really a lot simpler than that. Have you heard of online personal training? What if I told you there’s a way you can work out from the comfort of your home, in real time, with an elite personal trainer via laptop, desktop or mobile device. Sounds a little too good to be true, I know, but I’ve recently partnered with a company called gymGO that allows you to do just that. You can work out with a personal trainer and receive two-way, real-time feedback at a time that works for your schedule and your budget. The best part is, you don’t even have to leave your house.
Remember, getting fit starts with you. Time might seem like it’s not on your side, but there are ways that you can start making your workouts work for you. Try these tips and commit to checking your workout off your “to-do” list. All it takes is 30 minutes, three or more times a week, in or outside of the gym. It’s never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Check out gymGO and start training today—it’s GO time!