How Much should I work out?

I am often asked "How much should I work out?" the answer varies from person to person based on their current level of fitness and how activity they are.  In a perfect world everyone would do some sort of cardio everyday for at least 20-30 minutes and do a full body strength training workout 2-3 times per week but let's face it we don't live in a perfect world.

My goal when working with my clients is to have them increase their level of activity by at least 10 minutes a day.  Sometimes I even start with adding just 10 minutes in 3 days a week.  I find that when my clients focus on increasing their activity it is easier for them to find 10 minutes in their busy day than 30+ minutes that they might need to go to the gym.

Of course my ultimate goal is to have them do the 20-30 of cardio daily but Rome wasn't built in a day.  If they focus on things that they enjoy then they will do more of that activity and really isn't that the whole point?  As you've heard me say small changes over time yield HUGE results.  It's by focusing on and achieving those small doable goals that we are able to achieve our big goals.

The question that I get most after how often should I work out is "How on earth can I fit workouts in?" Whether you are at home or at work I can answer honestly that there is no shortage of opportunities to fit 'mini' workouts into your day.

Did you know that if you were to only exercise during commercial breaks you would get a 20 minute workout during a 1 hour show?  You could sit and stand, march in place, do crunches, back extensions, push ups the list goes on and on - get creative!

If you're at the office schedule a recurring appointment in your calendar to get up and move for 10 minutes everyday.  Do push ups on your desk, squats, walk up and down stairs for cardio again the list goes on and on, get creative here too.

I would love to hear from readers how you fit fitness into your day.  I learned long ago that if I have an idea and you have an idea we each have one idea but if I share mine and you share yours then we both have TWO ideas. Real power comes from sharing our experience, strength and hope with each other so that we can ALL be stronger.

Here's to you in health!

Jennifer Malocha CEO of Fun at Wuhoo Fitness