What’s the bare minimum for exercise?

bare minimum exercise | kourtney thomas fitness personal trainer st. louis

I don’t know about you, but there are certain areas of my life that I don’t go beyond doing the bare minimum. I’m not embarrassed to admit it. We can’t be full tilt everywhere.

For me, bare minimum areas are stuff like house cleaning (I have a cleaning professional who comes every other week and I do literally nothing in between), hair care (I get my ends trimmed maybe twice a year), and inbox maintenance (my Gmail currently sits at 11,000+ emails).

I just can’t get myself to do much more for any of those things. And anytime I try, I feel like I’m going to explode. So, over time, I’ve learned how to manage.

I choose where to spend my energy.

It’s no secret I go way beyond the bare minimum when it comes to my fitness. Health is one of my top core values, which makes it a continual priority for me, which makes more than the bare minimum easy. I’m in the gym for an hour or so four times a week, every week, and I’m typically doing some kind of cardio, like a run or a Peloton cycling class, at least two or three times a week on top of that. Also, I love it. It doesn’t feel like a lot to me.

But for a lot of people, it does feel like a lot.

Frankly, that’s why I’m in business – because even getting to the bare minimum when it comes to fitness seems insurmountable for some folks on their own. (You might say it’s my equivalent of inbox zero.) A partner really, really helps to get there, and it’s why I have a lot of loyal clients and have been able to help so many people over the years. In fact, I’ve been able to change a lot of mindsets and lifestyles too, leaving the fitness bare minimum in the rearview mirror.

Still, I’m a big believer that the bare minimum is a great place to start. And for the record, it can be a great place to stay too. That’s why I was so pumped to have the opportunity to contribute to this new article on LIVESTRONG. It’s all about your bare minimum for exercise. You’ll find a ton of info and suggestions, and I think you’ll like it – particularly if you struggle to figure out that bare minimum for yourself.

Check it out! –> How Little Can You Exercise and Still See Results?


If you have any questions about your bare minimum when it comes to fitness and exercise, send me an email and let’s get down to it!

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