How to Find Time to Exercise

Stephen Holt, Timonium personal trainer

Millions of readers of national fitness magazines including Shape, Women's Health, Fitness. Woman's Day, Family Circle, Runner's World, (and many others) have made their exercise programs both more effective AND more efficient with fitness and nutrition advice from "America's Baby Boomer Expert," Stephen Holt.

I’m a lot like you …

My spouse works a ton of hours, so I get to do the daytime errands.

In a typical week, I drive my girls to 11 dance classes in addition to high school and middle school pick up, saxophone lessons, dentist/orthodontist/physician/vet appointments, etc.

Contrary to popular belief, owning a gym does not equal marathon workouts in the gym.

In fact, because I’m too “thrifty” to turn on the heat or a/c during off-hours at the gym, I prefer to work out at home.

But after my 1st eye surgery, I was too intimidated (I imagined my eye exploding) to do much of anything for the first couple of weeks.

And I felt horrible! No way would I ever go two whole weeks without exercise.

After my 3rd eye surgery, I was determined to do the opposite. I tried an experiment to see how many days I could exercise.

Day after day, I’d ask myself: “Am I really too busy to exercise?”

Take a look at this sample month:

Each block where you see a red icon is a day I exercised – typically for 25-35 minutes.

(No, I didn’t lift weights for 1:44.09 on Wed, the 27th, for example There were a couple of times I forgot to turn off my fancy watch. :-)

In fact, I managed to find time for exercise EVERY DAY I was not on vacation (I certainly hiked and walked but didn’t record it) or convalescing from eye surgeries.

That includes two streaks of close to 4 months each where I didn’t miss a single day!

I’ll spare you the “we all have the same 24 hours in a day” line, but I’m not special (at least not in that way :-)

I’m sure you too you can manage to find at least a couple of days a week to move a little more.

If you need help with a plan, let me know.
– Stephen

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