• Mariah Heller

The BEST Workout for Busy Professionals

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There are tens of thousands of fitness programs out there. Some are created for niche audiences, and some are more broad-reaching. As a fitness professional (and entrepreneur), I know first hand that it is extremely important to know your audience and believe in your product. The problem with many of these programs is that their creators often make blanket statements and assumptions about their benefits, claiming that their program will yield the best possible results for anyone in their target demographic. This is a problem. While it is true that, for most of us, just doing SOMETHING regularly will be beneficial to our health, there are a multitude of variables that will determine the effectiveness of one program or workout over another. I will not be offering a "one size fits all" perfect workout for everyone in this blog. Rather, I'd like to empower you with the tools to discover YOUR ideal program.

Finding YOUR "perfect" workout starts by asking yourself a few questions:

What do you ENJOY?

The number one reason programs don't work is simple: people stop doing them. People quit programs for a variety of reasons, but oftentimes the reason is intuitive: they don't enjoy it.

Let me be clear - "motivation" is bulls*** and shouldn't be too heavily relied upon no matter what. Every program, no matter how interesting, will require discipline to maintain. Especially when your life gets stressful, you're tired, etc..

But when a program isn't enjoyable for you, you are FAR more likely to quit, get distracted, or make excuses. So when you decide to become a runner when you hate running, or you embark on a bodybuilding journey when you find weight lifting boring, or you join a cycling gym when you dislike sitting down to work out, there is a possibility that you will grow and adapt to your new program, but don't be afraid to acknowledge reality ("this may not be for me") and try other things.

Consistency is key. You are MUCH less likely to stay consistent if you dislike what you're doing (even on the good days).

What are your goals?

Weight loss? Muscle gain? Health? Mental health? Mental toughness?

Your answer to this question will be one of the main determining factors in discovering your "ideal" workout and program. When it comes to your goals, there are a few key points that need to be considered.

1) Goals can change. Maybe you reach one goal and you transition to another. Maybe you think that your goal is one thing and you discover that pursuing that goal makes you profoundly unhappy. In any case - goals can change. Listen to your body and brain.

2) There are many different types of goals. Your goals can be directly measurable (like improving your mile time, losing 20 pounds, etc.), and they can also be more process-based (exercise 3 times per week for the next month, eat vegetables with every meal). Neither one is superior. Figure out what you want and figure out how you can get it.

What keeps your body healthy?

There are different schools of thought on this, but my stance is pretty strong: if you do not engage in exercise in a professional or *legitimately* competitive realm, there is no reason for you to be injured. There is even less of a reason for you to be injured consistently. If you are involved in a program and you find that you are regularly getting injured, it's time to either A) make adjustments within your program, or B) change what you're doing.

Listen to your body, not your ego.

Once you've answered the above questions, do some research and write down several potential programs/workouts that might help you most effectively answer the questions above. At that point, TRY THINGS. Google different at-home workout programs, get a trainer, look into local classes.

Looking for help? Send me an email at and I will do my very best to help

Have a Pain-free day!

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