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Making Time to Exercise

How to make sure you get your exercise when life's just too busy.

By
Stever Robbins
4-minute read
Episode #50

Next, hire a trainer to design a workout regime for you. Choose one who won’t fall for your attempts to cheat. Mine is Tyler from the Real World and Gauntlet III. A man who will humiliate himself mud-wrestling in front of 150,000,000 people needs to take out his aggression somewhere. Why not by giving me the body of an Adonis?

Your trainer teaches you proper form and makes sure you’re building a body that burns calories. Self-designed workouts failed for me. With Tyler’s routines, I work less and get much better results. If you’re way rich, use a trainer every visit. Otherwise, have your trainer design a routine and tune you up every several weeks.  Or try my Quick and Dirty compatriot, the Get-Fit Guy (who might be even better than a personal trainer, especially if you lack the budget, since his podcasts are free).

And yeah, revise your diet. Stay away from white carbs: refined flour and sugar. If you must, find someone to create a bunch of recipes for you that are tasty and fit the dietary profile. Also, check out the book “I Can Make You Thin” by Paul McKenna. The most popular diet book in Britain, it’s also super-simple. No restrictions on what you can eat. The secret is using your body to gauge what, when, and how much to eat. There’s a link to the book in this episode’s transcript. And, of course, there's my fellow Quick and Dirty Tips podcaster, the Nutrition Diva.

You can’t make more time, so you’ll have to stop doing something to find time for your workout. Do this for three weeks, just to give it a try. Make your workout #1 priority, three times a week or more. Get a trainer for a couple of sessions to design workouts, show you proper form, and check in every few weeks Then learn to listen to your body to choose which calories go in and when to stop.

It’s work, but it’s worth it. I was marshmallow girly-boy and now I’m manly-man. People are impressed. My extra testosterone makes the paint on the ceiling curl. Since I never shower after a workout, my friends say it’s my body odor, but they’re just jealous. Showers are optional. Muscles, my friend, are not.

Stay tuned for a future episode, where Tyler will give specific hints for how to insert more exercise into your daily life.

This is Stever Robbins. Send me questions by voicemail at 866-WRK-LESS or by email at getitdone@quickanddirtytips.com. Check out the other wonderful podcasts at QuickAndDirtyTips.com.  Conquer your e-mail with my audio program You Are Not Your Inbox: Overcoming E-Mail overload at YouAreNotYourInbox.com.

Work Less, Do More, and have a Great Life!

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.