Ken Fitzgerald, Personal Trainer

Work out less often, but more intensely.

Normally, Brooks strength-trained with Fitzgerald for 3 hours a week and did 3 hours of cardio work on her own. But she couldn't keep that up and be a caregiver, too. So Fitzgerald developed a streamlined routine for his client: twice weekly conditioning and cardio sessions that included 10 modified clean and jerks (a weight lifting technique that uses every major muscle group in the body) and 4 minutes of stationary bike that kept her heart rate at 75 percent of its maximum. After four cycles of these exercises in 20 minutes, Brooks ended with a 10-minute stretch, adding neck, shoulder, and lower-back massage to release tension.

"When your in crisis and you give up your daily routine, you really feel out of sorts," Fitzgerald explains. "So we condensed her 6 hours into two very intense half-hour sessions - including the massage - that channeled her energies and frustrations. "