Both are cute, but Minimals are distinct and separate from mini-animals

I just walked off the set after filming an episode for the local hit TV show “Coastal Living.”

I felt great, it was exciting, I loved the talent and the production crew- overall a great experience.

I had a text waiting for me, that although spelled out much friendlier and nicer basically said, “YOU BLEW IT!”


The Question posed to me was:

I’m a busy mom with a hundred kids and just cant figure out a way to fit in any exercise…I’m swamped and can’t make it.  What do I do???!”

My response was, “Play with your kids – you’re not going to manufacture any new time so get them involved and on and on.”

OK, not bad.  I was after all on the spot, airing live and cameras rolling..but seriously?!

My wife, the not so anonymous texter from immediately after the show wrote me, “DUDE…you did this exact article a month ago…they threw you a meatball, you should have hit it out of the park…instead you give them, “BABY SQUATS??!”

She’s right.    She usually is.   Here’s me edited…RE-Answer.   Hope this gives you a little more success than Baby Squats.

The new answer is….Minimals.

Minimals is a term coined by my wife.  They are short ten to twelve minute workouts that fit your life and fit your style.

You are required to, at a minimum, get these in at least 5 days per week.

They can be extreme and tough or can just be movement based and relaxed but you are obligated to get it in each day.

Minimals fill the space that is often being occupied by, “I just don’t have time”,  “I couldn’t make the gym today (this week/month/year), “I am busy”, “I’ve been traveling” and “It’s been a helluvaweek.”

10 minutes man.

If you already hit the gym, a swim or a run –  you’re off the hook then.  These are the minimal “stand by’s”

The 10 minute “go-to’s”


You’ve got that I am certain.


You’ll feel like you accomplished something and it gives you a reason to eat better and sleep better.


I’ll give you a couple examples my wife and I use:

Go for a walk around the park

any number of great 10-12 minute DVD’s or videos on your phone or ap’s.  (literally millions available – just pick one already!) -you don’t even have to think or count or anything.

10 min yoga via ap or video

100 pushups /100 squats

100 Burpees

mile or two jog

TB12 workup with bands and movements

Play (not watch) outside with the kids


set a personal record for pushups/situps/squats/walballs/mailbox to mailbox runs, made freethrows …anything – for 10 minutes.   Challenge the neighbors – neighborhood records are cool.   Be the legend!  (neighborhood kids: “Dude, did you hear old man Peters hit 97 free throws in ten minutes?!    Think you can beat that?”)

I can rap these off for ever guys…fun, easy, simple and fits what works for my day.

It works like this…

“PHEW…what a day, Baby, I’m shot…”

“What’d you do for your minimal today?….Cool.”




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