I’m so excited to share my first book with you today! “Sweating Smart: Practical Fitness Tips for Busy Lifestyles” has been a labor of love and I’m so proud to be able to share it with you.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Sweating Smart is the ultimate guide to getting healthy and fit in a way that’s realistic for your lifestyle. The book is a collection of 100 of the best tips from the popular “Sweating Smart” series that I’ve written for Women’s Health Magazine online. The book is divided into sections so that you can easily find the information you need, when you need it.

1. Make a schedule and stick to it

If you’re someone who has a hard time getting to the gym, make a schedule and stick to it.

You don’t have to go to the gym every day, but you should aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you’re short on time, you can break up your workouts into 10-minute increments throughout the day.

If you’re not sure how to get started, try this 7-day workout plan.

2. Find a workout buddy

Sometimes, the only thing that gets you through a tough workout is the thought of doing it with a friend. Having someone to chat with during your workout can make the time fly by.

But, it’s not just the social aspect that makes having a workout buddy a good idea. Studies have found that working out with a partner can actually make you work harder and longer.

3. Make it a family affair

Getting the whole family involved in your fitness routine is a great way to bond and get in shape. This is especially important for children, who need at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

Children are more likely to be active when they see their parents being active, and being active as a family can help create healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Try going for a walk or a bike ride after dinner, or playing a game of basketball in the driveway. You can also sign your kids up for a sports team or dance class, or take them to the park to play.

Whatever you do, make sure to choose activities that are fun and age-appropriate for everyone in the family.

4. Make the most of your time

If you only have a short amount of time to work out, make it count.

You can get a great workout in just 30 minutes if you work hard and stay focused. You can even get in a complete workout in just 10 minutes. (Check out these 10-minute workouts you can do anywhere.)

If you’re going to work out for a short amount of time, make sure you’re working hard. Go for intensity over duration.

5. Make it fun

Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it can be a lot of fun. From dance classes to hiking to playing basketball, there are countless ways to get your body moving that don’t involve running on a treadmill.

By doing activities you enjoy, you’re more likely to stick with it. And if you’re having fun, it won’t feel like exercise.

6. Make it a habit

It’s easy to let a week of missed workouts turn into a month or more of inactivity. The key to avoiding that is to make exercise a habit.

Habits are behaviors that you do without thinking. You can make exercise a habit by doing it at the same time every day, or on the same days of the week.

If you’re new to exercise, you might want to start with doing something active just one or two days a week. Then, you can add more days as you get used to it.

7. Make it convenient

Make it as easy as possible to fit your workout into your day.

You can do this by:

• choosing a gym or fitness class that’s close to your home or workplace

• keeping a gym bag packed with everything you’ll need for your workout in your car or at your office

• choosing a workout you can do at home or outdoors

• finding a gym that’s open 24 hours or during the times you’re most likely to work out

• taking a few minutes at the beginning of the week to plan your workouts for the week ahead

8. Make it a competition

If you’re the competitive type, turn your workouts into a game. Use apps like MapMyFitness or Strava to track your workouts and see how you stack up against other users. You can even join challenges or create your own.

If you’re more of a team player, try a group fitness class or find a workout buddy and challenge each other to see who can go the hardest.

Competition can be a great motivator and help you push yourself to the next level. Just make sure you’re competing against yourself and not others.

Conclusion

The idea of “sweating smart” is not about taking shortcuts or finding the fastest way to get in shape. It’s about learning to find balance and make choices that are right for you and your body. It’s about finding ways to stay active and healthy, even when you have a lot on your plate.

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