ask stylebook: redefining fitness?

Alexis: I have a full time job. I leave for work at 6am and when I return I am exhausted and have no motivation to exercise. All I want is to put my feet up and relax. When do you recommend I workout? My friends who are full time moms also really struggle with this. HELP!

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Adrien, Fitness on the Run: Alexis, this is such a great question. How do we all fit in our workouts when we have so few spare minutes each day?

Let’s start with defining “exercise.” Instead of exercise requiring a gym, or a piece of equipment or frankly a stated period of time where you are “sweating” or your heart rate is elevated, redefine YOUR fitness. Choose a different approach. Your approach. One that incorporates your fitness into your everyday routine. It’s more lasting. Gets you moving more and prevents the age-old workout followed by sitting all day syndrome which can lead to pretty serious (RSI) Repetitive Stress Injuries among other results.


* CHOOSE to take the stairs wherever you are.

* CHOOSE to park far from the front door where you go (church, grocery, home).

* Carry your grocery bags instead of using a cart.

* Take a 5-minute walk around the block or the floor at work every 2 hours.

* Squeeze your bottom every time you can – it works your core like magic.

* Press your back into the chair wherever you sit (car, desk, restaurant, etc).

* Avoid Sugar after lunch at all cost.

You may find that after a few months, you will have a more fit body than the gym rat who drives to the gym, gets on a piece of cardio equipment then drives home and heads to the desk job with little walks before heading back to the car for the drive to the gym.

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Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home. Today, “FOR” is home to more than 250 clients, 11 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. She is passionate about helping others view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success has evolved from a rigid training plan of a 4-5 workouts per week. Now, she believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results — even if its only five minutes a day. She works daily to help clients understand the three most vital component of a effective fitness program are consistency, sustainability, and fun. Adrien believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and our health and that change is always within reach. She lives a clean lifestyle, insists on getting sufficient quality sleep, and finds ways to manage her stress, typically through dancing with her kids nightly.

Fitness on the Run is Fitness for Life. Combining a focus on strong bodies and strong minds with a robust wellness education program and unparalleled personalized attention, we provide fitness for health, longevity and functionality.

Fitness on the Run
210 N Lee St.,
Alexandria, VA 22314

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