Staff Profile: The Time-Pressed Professional

"I commute 3½ hours a day! How can I fit in exercise?" - Jo-Ann Martin: Age 49, Account Manager

Cooking Light Staffer: Jo-Ann Martin

Jo-Ann Martin: The Time-Pressed Professional

HER CHALLENGE

"I have a lot of excuses," says super-energetic Jo-Ann, laughing. And frankly, she has a doozy: an hour-and-forty-five-minute commute each way from her Cold Spring, New York, home to her Manhattan office. Jo-Ann leaves her house by 7 and doesn't get home to her fiancé until 7 or 8. "He loves to have dinner on the table, and I like to cook. By the time I'm done doing that, the last thing I want to do is work out." But she'd love to lose 10 pounds. Her family has a history of heart disease, so she knows she needs exercise. It's not all bad news: Jo-Ann walks three-fourths of a mile to and from the train every day with her computer-laden backpack, and she's got a treadmill, a stationary bike, and weights in the basement, as well as a TV.

OUR ADVICE

Given her brutal schedule, Jo-Ann may want to parcel out exercise into smaller doses. "Most people fall into patterns, and a lot of people think good exercise strictly means three to four times a week for 30 minutes, but your body isn't keeping score," explains fitness expert Myatt Murphy. "All it really knows is how much activity you're performing in total each week. With a few tricks, Jo-Ann can get a lot more bang for her buck."

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