Simple Steps To Help Your Clients Find the Time To Work Out
people to stop finding excuses for not exercising is one of the biggest
problems health promotion and wellness professionals face. And when it
comes to excuses, "I can’t find the time," is sure to be at the
top of most people’s lists.
essential for you to convince these individuals they can, in fact, find
the time — and staying fit won’t take as much time as they
The key to
getting in shape fast is to train smart, using intensity, according to
Fred Metheny, senior editor at Asimba.com, a fitness Web site.
"All that is
needed is a little advance planning to help you maximize the time you
allot for exercise,"suggests Metheny, who offered some easy tips you
can provide your clients to help them cheat time and beat the clock.
Four Ways to Cheat Time
Maintain during the week, build on the weekend:
Don’t be a weekend warrior who sinks in sloth all week then
overdoes exercise on Saturday and Sunday. It’s unhealthy and you
won’t improve — what you gain on the weekend vanishes
during five days of inactivity. Plan your work week so you can exercise
aerobically at least twice, using the other days for short bouts of
resistance training and rest — then go harder on the weekends
when you have more time.
Intensity is better than distance:
If sports science has taught us anything in the last 10 years,
it’s the importance of intensity. Studies show that fast running
or cycling for short periods of time is far better than slogging it out
for hours at a slow pace — great news for time-challenged
individuals. It means you can build top fitness without massive time
Improve while resting:
Hard workouts are only part of the fitness equation. It’s during
the rest periods the body repairs the damage done during an intense
workout like fast running or cycling. The body rebuilds and becomes fit
while at rest. Sure, you’re busy during the week, but you can use
those days when you’re tied up at work as much-needed rest breaks
from exercise. All it takes is a bit of planning.
Resistance exercise defeats time:
Weight training is a quick way to stimulate muscles to get stronger.
Several sets of leg exercises, like lunges or step-ups, take far less
time than 20 miles of cycling but, because you’re using more
resistance, they build strength faster.
For more information, visit Asimba on the Web at www.asimba.com.