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Got 15 or 30 Minutes? Time To Exercise!

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If there is one thing in life many of us would like more of, it is time. In fact, as a trainer the number one objection I hear from people about not working out is that they do not have the time nor the money for a session.

You could perhaps make the argument that in today’s economy, the reason we do not have the time is that we are putting in more hours to make ends meet.

However, it is the quality of the little time we have that is important. Exercise can improve that quality of time and make us stronger for our families and more productive at work.

As a new mom, I am certainly getting a lesson in time management. However, I find that I can check more things off of my To Do List when I energize myself with a workout.

The American Council On Exercise, as reported on EverydayHealth.com by writer Leigh Crews, offers several suggestions for fitting in a quick 30 minute workout. One of their most important key points is to “schedule it like an appointment” and to not wait for “the right time” to exercise.

Partner up with someone to help you stick to your goals. Crews says, “For many people, an exercise partner is the glue that helps you stick to your commitment.”

You want to also make sure that you’re in the right frame of mind yourself and can be encouraging to your workout partner, even if they’re achieving faster results than you. Don’t get or act discouraged and let your partner down.

Another suggestion is to start out slowly by going for a walk. I find this is a nice way to get clients moving and is even better if you can get them outside to enjoy nature. That mind-body focus helps them stay motivated with varying sights, terrain and nature sounds.

If you do not have 30 minutes, you do not get a hall pass to eliminate exercise. A study last year found that 15 minutes is enough time to get results.

The study out of Tawain found that all you need is 15 minutes a day. The study was conducted by Tawain’s National Health Research.

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