“But Lisa, YOU CAN DO THAT/EAT THAT BECAUSE YOU WORK OUT ALL THE TIME!”
I have heard this statement made to me more than I could even keep track of. At first, it may seem flattering. It may even be meant as a compliment. But to me, it is misleading and downright not a fact. Do I work out more than the average person? You all probably think of course! You own a gym! You are a trainer! You are an athlete! You don’t have kids! You don’t have a crazy schedule! You love to workout! I have heard all of these reasons. And it has lead me to believe I’m not inspiring clients as much as I think I am because they think what I do is too unrealistic for them to ever even attempt to fit into their lives. But this is not true and I’m going to explain why as well as how you can start to fit it in your life.
My alarm rings at 4:50am every morning. I am up, functioning and training clients by 5:30am. Typically, I train until about noon. Aside from my 5:30am bootcamp Friday morning, I am not working out with my clients. I am a personal trainer. I am not a class instructor that teaches and participates in several classes per day. I may jump in on a bootcamp that I teach, but if so, that is one 30 minute workout per day. My time with my clients is spent teaching them, correcting them, and focusing on them. I take a lunch break for roughly two hours where I walk my dog, eat lunch, shower, and hopefully take a 15-20 minute power nap before I go back to the gym until 6:30/7pm. If I have a free 30-60 minutes within those blocks, yes, I typically workout. Everyone asks me if I workout everyday. No, I do not. BUT, I am active in someway almost everyday. This is where I think people struggle…
I do about 4-5 intense workouts per week, for about 30 minutes each. This may be a bootcamp that I teach, interval cardio, or a workout with my fiancé. Remember, muscle is your friend and burns more calories than fat does, so the more you have, the more you burn! How awesome is that? Aside from these workouts, I WALK. If I’m at the gym and I have a cancellation, I put on food network or a podcast and I walk while I watch TV or listen to something on my phone. If I’m at home and I want to watch one of my shows, I will put it on and walk on the treadmill if I haven’t moved yet today. I have several podcasts and lectures that I look forward to listening to on a weekly basis and they motivate me to walk while I listen. I enjoy a 15-20 minute walk outside on my lunch break or after dinner. I don’t consider this a workout. To me, it is enjoyable. If my fiancé goes with me, I usually talk out my next blog! So many people underestimate how good walking is for you. And it is cumulative. The benefits range from being good for your heart, your muscles, and your mind while offering you time to clear your head, expand your knowledge, or just appreciate the fact that you are ABLE to walk! If you are looking to be healthier and even to lose weight, especially now that our weather is breaking here in Buffalo, go walk! Even if its for 15 minutes. You will feel better everytime you do. Grab your kids. Grab a friend. Download a new podcast. Or just be alone with your thoughts. It all adds up and it ALL MATTERS. That’s my shameless plug for walking and how much I love it, but you can choose a different activity that you love!
I make working out a priority because I feel better when I do. Working out is not my life, it is my career. And if I had a different job, I would still want to move my body. There are some days that I am just swamped and I need my break to regroup, not necessarily workout. But there are some busy days where I feel better if I DO workout. But I am not working out several times a day and you don’t have to either. However, you do have to schedule in time for yourself doing some activity that you enjoy. My sessions with my clients and my bootcamps will show you how much you can get done in just 30 minutes a day. It will raise your metabolism as your muscles have to recover which is one perk I definitely take advantage of! So when you see that I ate the pizza or the cookies that I baked, please don’t think I worked out for three hours that day so I could eat that. (I used to do that… that will be another blog.) I workout hard but I don’t workout for hours. I walk because I enjoy it for so many reasons. It all helps me balance out how I treat my body with workouts, food, and rest.
Now, I’m off for my evening walk with my fiancé because its 70 degrees in Buffalo and I love it!
In summary, a couple tips to fitting it all in:
- Workout hard for 20-30 minutes per day, 4-6x per week.
- Contact me for help with this if you need! I’d love to help.
- Find an activity you like and try to do it for 15 minutes per day.
- Walking, biking, pulling your kids in a wagon, playing tag with your kids…
- Find something you look forward to and try to be active during it.
- TV shows, podcasts, books on tape…