Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

Between work, family and social commitments, time is definitely tight and the number one reason people say they don’t exercise is because they just don’t have the time.

sherri pittock man 07_17The good news is there are a lot of really busy people that do find the time to exercise so how do they make it happen? First, they make it a priority. They realize that their life is better, they feel great and are more productive when they do exercise. Secondly, they have learned to be efficient and effective in their life so they can fit workouts in that don’t necessarily require more time.

One way to easily incorporate exercise into your life is to do it all throughout the day. So instead of trying to find one hour to exercise, instead look for 1 minute opportunities.

Wrap a Tube Around a Pole

Try placing an elastic exercise tube around a staircase or pole in your house. Every time you pass by, commit to doing 15-20 reps of an exercise such as a Row, Press or Tricep Kickback.

Brush Your Teeth

You know you’re going to brush your teeth at least twice every single day so how about while you’re brushing for 1-2 minutes, you incorporate some side leg lifts, one legged balance or some squats. When you’re busy, you’ve got to start multi-tasking.

Commercial Fitness

We all have our favorite shows so how about doing 10 pushups or a one minute plank during the commercial break. In one show, you might get in 10 different exercises.

Workplace Wellness

Set a one-hour timer on your computer. Then get up and do one simple exercise like chair squats, desk pushups, or bench dips. In a full work day, you could get in 8 exercises and because you’re not doing them all at once, you won’t even work up a sweat.

Walk and Talk

Many people are bogged down with meetings. How about instead of another meeting in your office or conference room, you suggest a walking meeting. The fresh air and extra blood flow can really enhance creative thinking too! Do the same for quality time with friends and family and you’ll all get healthier while creating a deeper bond.

Too busy is not a valid excuse!  Instead of exercise taking up too much time, it will actually give you more time, energy and increased productivity. So no more excuses, just get it done. You deserve to look good, feel great, be at your best and live life to the fullest!

Yours in health & fitness,
Sherri McMillan

Note: As an avid Columbian reader, you can redeem a 2 week pass at her world-class training studio to help get you started.  Contact 360.574.7292 for more details.

Couve Run 2017

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Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 33 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver, the founder of WHY Racing Events & WHY Community, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at

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