Not being able to afford a gym. Being too tired to exercise. Not having the time to work out. Being a full-time parent. These are some of the most common excuses to not work out and exercise.
Scarsdale resident Beverley Caen doesn’t believe in excuses.
Caen, a 10-year village resident, works as an executive and a career coach, which means she helps enhance leadership development, communication skills, goal setting and decision making.
She ran an executive search firm in the financial services industry for a decade after more than 10 years in equity sales on Wall Street and is a single mother to her three kids.
And she still finds the time to exercise.
“You could [work out] at home with minimal equipment,” she said. “You need an exercise mat, an exercise ball and two sets of dumbbells.”
Caen used her knowledge and passion for exercising while on a busy schedule and wrote two books through her Sane Fitness business.
“I created this book that was turned into a box of cards with visuals with a trainer at the time,” Caen said.
One of the workouts people can try is for the everyday person — though the original thought was targeted toward women, Caen found many men ended up buying the products. Another part of Sane Fitness, the brand Caen created, is targeted specifically for pregnant women.
“The Sane Fitness Preggers workout routine is designed to focus on the second and third trimesters,” the website stated. “Your body goes through its most significant changes during this time; this workout includes exercises appropriate for each stage.”
It allows women to pick up the exercises in the 13th week of pregnancy.
There are a few beliefs about working out when pregnant, like women shouldn’t allow their heart rate to go more than 140 beats per minute while exercising, pregnant women should do abdominal exercise to strengthen muscles and allow for an easier deliver and eating for two.
Sane Fitness Preggers addresses some of those myths and gives an explanation as to why they’re myths, not truths.
This book wasn’t just something Caen put out without personal experience.
“I went through [the book] with my OB/GYN,” Caen said. “[The standard Sane Fitness] has three different routines in the box along with the pregnancy version.”
Caen has been active and interested in working out since high school and college, and it has slowly become just another part of her day.
“I felt I had to work out in the morning or I couldn’t start the day,” she said. “It’s been a part of my daily routine.”
Caen started her workout journey from scratch, teaching herself different moves and routines, and she has kept at it.
Eventually, she began working with different trainers at Equinox gym to find new exercises.
“People ask how I can raise three kids and stay in shape,” Caen said. “I wanted to come up with a routine for anyone to fit it in their schedule. My thought was to take the excuse away from people who want health and fitness.”
She said she views the program and lifestyle as a holistic approach toward getting fit and said the “trendy” workouts aren’t necessary to live a healthy lifestyle.
But, some of these “trendy” workouts, like Zumba, Soulcycle, barre classes and CrossFit can incorporate some of what Caen generally uses for each workout, like cardio.
“I’m really traditional, I’ve always been a combination of cardio and strength training,” she said. “I’ve stayed fit my whole life. I’ve never been on a diet.”
Staying active and healthy is something Caen has felt was more important as she got older.
“It’s important to be fit and have that core strength,” she said. “The routine in the book is to do whatever cardio you’re comfortable with.”
Since living a healthy and active lifestyle is as important as it is to Caen, she makes sure she has access to a gym facility when she travels and has her own workout space in her house.
And, as a result of Caen’s active lifestyle, the habit has trickled down to her three kids who live an active life as well, while knowing healthy can come in different shapes and sizes.
One of the book’s strengths, according to Caen, is it is timeless — she’s still doing the same routines — and it can inspire people to make changes outside of their own personal workout lives.
Caen said when people are confident and feel good about themselves, they carry themselves with more esteem in the workplace.
“Staying in shape doesn’t mean being perfect and being a size 2,” she said. “It’s about being healthy. Whatever shape you are, a size 2 or a 10, it’s about feeling good. You own the room.”