ask stylebook: how do i find the time?

Adele: I am swamped. I work full time. I care for my elderly parents. And I really want to feel better in my spring clothes. I simply can’t find the time. What do you recommend?


Adrien, Fitness on the Run:
1) Move
2) Walk. Leisurely. Occasionally raise your heart rate.
3) Take the stairs at work or school
4) DO NOT TRAIN EVERY DAY. NOT EVEN MOST OF THEM. It will leave your body in total arousal, your Central Nervous System will be unable to recover and injury is likely.
5) Don’t dread your training. Own a program and look forward to its start and finish.
6) Leave something “in the tank” for another time. 80% is the maximum intensity for which you should aim.
7) Practice a list of corrective exercises, including the squat and deadlift we can teach you at Fitness on the Run. Not only will it increase your Range of Motion, it will help your muscles stay long and lean and burn fat.
8) Come to our Introductory Session April 4 at 11am for just $19 so we can teach you.

  • The latest from Adrien
Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home after a successful career in policy and public affairs communications. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 2,000 clients, 30 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now, more-than-ever, passionate about helping women view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty and heart pumping workouts to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep, and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down,” a healthy mix of strength and metabolic (cardio) work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength in mind and body. She believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and that change, or improvement, is within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help women learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness, listening to success stories, and bragging about her twin 13-year-old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

Schedule your free 30 minute consult here!

Alexandria Wellness
215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314




  1. Avatar alexandraannm says:

    what is the introductory session all about? personal training? a few exercise hints? bootcamp? thank you!! i know someone who may be interested.

    • I just emailed Adrien for details, and will get back to you just as soon as I hear from her!

    • Each month, FOR hosts a 90-minute Introductory session for prospective clients to learn more about Fitness o the Run. This session includes a brief overview of our philosophy followed by a measured program designed for the first-time exerciser to athletes. Sessions include a discussion of how we approach fitness and whole health as well as hands-on instruction on 2-3 fundamental movements every Fitness on the Run client will experience. Participation has ranged from 3-10 individuals.

      People walk away knowing how we work to help to move better and more consistently while working on building strength and metabolic skills.

      The cost is $19.

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