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When less exercise is better

One thing I wish people did more of is approach their exercise like seasons.


Your life and schedule will have different parts to it in a year.


You may have parts of the year where you feel your schedule is calm, but at other times it may get very busy.


When it becomes busy for you, it can be hard to stay consistent with your health and fitness.


At any moment of the year, any of the following might come up.

  • you move

  • you start a new job or get promoted

  • you start or grow a family

  • you have deadlines at work for a major project

  • you are in finals week in school

  • you are just overwhelmed by life


In these situations your goal should be to maintain the progress you have made with your fitness.


Rather than trying to push it to the limit each workout.


Imagine this, you have consistently been working out 5 days a week for 1 hour for the past 2 months.


But all of a sudden your boss wants you to complete a project and the deadline is 2 weeks from today.


In those situations, it is easy to pause your current training to spend more time on that project.


However, that brief pause may make it harder for you pick up the momentum to start your training again.


Because the truth of it is, after that project is completed something else will come up.


Instead of pausing, I suggest you simply reduce your training schedule rather than stop completely.


Rather than training hard for 60 minutes 5 days per week, maybe do 3 days per week for 30 -45 minutes and your focus is just on getting to the gym.


This can you give you some time to dedicate to that project while maintaining the progress you have made.


Then when your schedule becomes more manageable and you get some time back, you go back to your original training routine.


This is the same strategy I use with the athletes when they are in season.


We train a little less so they have enough time and energy for their games.


I now use this strategy with adults that are looking to get strong and stay consistent with exercise when life becomes unpredictable.


If you are ready to stop letting a busy schedule get in the way of your training, we can hop on a quick call to go over some strategies that could help you fit exercise into your schedule.



Remember, your health is just as important as your other responsibilities.


It may not be the priority now, but you can still chip away at making positive changes when life gets busy.

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