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15 Minutes and A Commitment – That’s All You Need to Get Fit

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May 1, 2012

As I’ve matured as an athlete, I’ve learned many things. But the most important lesson has been that you can learn to do a lot more in less time. You can spend ten hours a week training for a marathon. You can move mountains to get to a yoga class twice a week. But all of that takes time out of your busy day, away from kids and family, and away from your normal commitments.

It doesn’t need to be that way. If your goal is to get fit, all you need is fifteen minutes and a commitment.  Some of my hardest workouts take than ten minutes.  They are all out efforts, with heavy weights, but still they take almost no time at all. I’ve also learned I can get them done with my kids right there in the room.

My biggest tip if you’re looking to lose weight: You need to change your diet.

Kill the soda, juice and sugary drinks. Exchange a latte for unsweetened black tea.

Remember that one latte has as many carbohydrates as you need in one meal. And, if you add sugar to your latte, you are overdoing it.

It’s difficult for moms to find time to exercise. Whether it’s work, family commitments, carpool, homework, errands, doctor appointments, or some other stress – it’s hard to find the time to exercise. I get it! However, the most important thing you can do for yourself is to stay fit, so you may be around for the long term.  You want to be able to hold your grandchild and be mobile for years to come.

So, what do you have to do just to “squeeze in some exercise”?  Make one small change at a time, and you will see results. Make the commitment to exercise each day. And here’s how you can do it in 15 minutes or less.

Implement the 50 rep/3 minute rule.

Take one exercise and do 50 reps, taking less than three minutes to complete. For example, I can do 50 push-ups in under 3 minutes.  This exercise can be highly valuable for upper body strength, it can be done anywhere, and can be scaled for whatever level you are.

You can also do 50 reps of air squats, lunges, burpees, or sit-ups.  Anything you choose, should be an all out effort for 3 minutes. Implement five of these a day for fifteen minutes, and call it a workout.

Exercising is highly beneficial for your health, your strength, and your overall morale. It’s also nice to know you don’t have to go anywhere to do them.  You don’t need special equipment and you can do them in your street clothes.  You can do them with your kids.  If you were really adventurous, you could put the lightest child on your back and do as many push-ups as possible.

If you have more questions, leave a comment.  I’m here to help.

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