“I don’t have time.”
That’s the top excuse that Jorge Cruise has been hearing for more than 20 years as a celebrity trainer. He’s written more than 30 books that have sold more than 8 million copies, appeared countless times on national television and, most recently, created “Just 2 Moves,” a daily streaming eight-minute workout.
Just eight minutes? Cruise is friendly and funny, and his fans adore him because he gets it: While a slim, trim body does wonders for our self-image, good health does more, and life is complicated! What’s keeping us—and his clients—so busy and stressed out is hard work in our 30s, which turns into “sandwiched” stress (between our school-age kids and aging parents) in our 40s and 50s, and then evolves into survival stress over finances and retirement in our 60s.
Cruise can relate. His days are packed with clients, “Just 2 Moves,” new ventures, and that “sandwiched” stress of thinking constantly about his 87-year-old father and his boys—a 13-year-old going into high school and a fifth-grader. We visited Cruise recently to find out how he manages all of it, and he summed things up just the way we hoped he would when he laughed and said: “My day starts early and goes kind of late, but I only eat two meals a day and just do two moves a day, too. I think if you can keep things simple, you can do it long term.”