Being able to fit in a workout allows me to conquer the day, no matter what happens.
– Dr. Marsha Granese, ABC Pilates Client
Are you consistent with your exercise regimen? Or, do you often opt out of your regular workout on extra-busy days? I’ll admit that between managing the ABC Pilates studio, teaching classes, and raising three daughters, I definitely find myself guilty of the latter. But every time I do think about skipping a workout because I’m “too busy,” I think of ABC Pilates client Dr. Marsha Granese.
Marsha is one of the most professional and active single moms that I know, and she’s one of the most frequent clients we see here at the studio. I sat down with her to find out how she manages to juggle such a busy schedule while always making time for exercise. I hope that from hearing Marsha’s story, you too will find the inspiration that you need to get in those workouts—even when you think you don’t have time.
As a full-time doctor, Marsha’s average week consists of consulting with patients, delivering babies at all hours of the night, and performing early morning surgeries. Despite a hectic work schedule, she always makes special time to spend with her daughter and friends. Marsha says she’s learned to incorporate workouts into her social time, such as running with her daughter or working out with friends.
“I usually meet up with my friends to work out,” Marsha said. “It’s such a great way to catch up with friends while staying healthy, and sharing lunch is so much better after a work out! It’s a great way to end the work week.”
Marsha is the kind of doctor who practices what she preaches; she advises her patients to add exercise into their daily routine because she says she knows firsthand the tremendous benefits that come with it, such as increased energy, clarity and focus.
“As a physician, how do I expect my patients to follow advice on diet and exercise if I don’t follow it as well?” she said. “Working out helps me stay balanced and cope with stress, I feel better after treating myself to a workout and giving myself the time I need to recharge. It actually makes me more productive during the day. I always have the attitude that being able to fit in a workout allows me to conquer the day, no matter what happens.”
Marsha stresses that making time for yourself is vital to a balanced life, which is why she goes out of her way to make time to exercise. Whether it’s Pilates, running, Yoga or a Sculpting class, Marsha schedules all her workouts at the beginning of each week to ensure she keeps her commitment to herself and her health. In fact, she’s so committed she changed her office hours to a later-start time and works later into the day just so she can do Pilates in the morning. How else does Marsha find time in her full days to exercise?
“I usually sacrifice the make-up, keep my hair in a bun after a work out, and go on for the rest of the day,” she said. “I feel better on the inside, which usually makes you shine on the out! I also keep a work out bag with the essentials always in my car, so I am ready for that last-minute workout or rush to the office.”
Once you’ve established a solid workout routine, the final piece is to incorporate a healthy, high-quality diet. Marsha maintains a healthy diet by eating five small meals throughout the day. She says that “food is fuel,” so eat a diet that gives you energy and keeps you full and satiated.
So, if you see Marsha out and about in scrubs sporting a bun with no makeup, you know she’s sacrificed getting dolled up (while still looking amazing!) for a great early morning workout at ABC Pilates. We love you, Dr. Marsha, thanks for all your inspiration!
To your health,
ABC Pilates Studio Manager & Instructor