10 Simple Tips for Squeezing in Daily Exercise Even If You Are Crazy Busy


time to work outWorking out for me is like brushing my teeth. On the days where it doesn't happen, I feel vaguely gross, weird, and out of sorts. I run five miles every day and on the days I don't I am in in a terrible mood and I usually complain bitterly about it. Of course, it's not always easy to find the time.

Right now our family is in the process of moving to the New York City area, which is 300 miles from where we live now, so my husband and I are living apart, I am working full time, commuting them to school an hour each way and living in a small apartment. It's not all that easy to squeeze a workout in, especially with the kids. But I do. Always.

How do I do it? Well here are my 10 tips to find the time to work out:


1.) Make it happen: The number one thing I have to say is you need to prioritize exercise as highly as any other personal care thing. Maybe even higher. I will skip a shower before I skip a run. I have run during phone meetings with my ear buds. I have run during snowstorms, and in the middle of the night with a headlamp. If you make it a priority, it will happen.

2.) Use the stairs: Always and forever use those stairs. We live on the ninth floor and believe me, it makes a difference.

3.) Use the park: Take your kids to the park and do chin-ups and push ups while they play.

4.) Utilize the gym: Pay a little more to find a gym with good childcare and use it. On your way home from work or early in the morning, there is time to find.

5.) Become a morning person: If you usually get up at 6, get up at 5 instead and work out. You will be tired at first, but once you build the habit, it is amazing.

6.) Walk your errands: This is a huge one in our sedentary lives. Even if you are two miles from the grocery store, you will get the walk there in, PLUS you will get weight training by walking back with the bags.

7.) Walk to get your kids: Go get your kids from school by walking instead of driving. Then everyone gets a little workout. Believe me, it is possible. My 4-year-old and 5-year-old both walk four miles a day every day. You just have to believe they can do it.

8.) Utilize videos: No time to get to the gym? Pop a good workout DVD in the player and do it. Even if you only get 10 minute increments, it is still something.

9.) Get a jogger: If your kids are too little to walk long distances (say under 2), invest in a good jogger and follow the advice in number 7.

10.) Order take out: Or whatever else you can to streamline your life. Finding the time to work out is like budgeting. It's not unlimited and you can't do it all, but find ways to streamline some parts of your life and you may find there is time you did not know you had.

How do you make sure to get a workout in?





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nonmember avatar Tiffany

I agree with all but the last one. What is the point of working out if you are just going to ruin it with calorie laden over processed crap? A better option is to prep healthy meals ahead of time, freeze them, then pop them in the oven once you get home.

kellynh kellynh

Park in the spot furthest from the door!!!

godde... goddess99

Good tips, I need to start doing at least one of them.

Madel... Madelaine

Good ideas!

TheBa... TheBabyFactory4

I spend a little time dancing with my kids. And on pretty days i walk down the street with them while they ride their bikes

Net1957 Net1957

I have been trying to motivate myself to get up and exercise before work in the morning..but that would mean 4:30 am. Which would mean a 8:30 bed time and that bothers me more than getting up early!

nates... natesmom1228

I only work part time so I work out everyday after work.

GwenMB GwenMB

I agree with Tiffany about #10.  Ordering takeout is the last thing you should be doing to streamline - many times it isn't all that healthy!  All the exercise in the world won't keep you healthy if you eat junk.  Plus, if you have any food allergies, take out is even worse.

Take a day every so often to do freezer meals.  Meal plan so you can get everything you need once, and have what you need for each meal.  Use the crock pot (its amazing how you can just throw meat in there & have it come out good!).

I should look at walking to get my son from school.  It's probably 2 miles.  One problem is that I get him at lunch time.  The other problem is that its December & we're in MN so the weather may not cooperate for this for very long.

.Ange... .Angelica.

i have to agree with the first commenter. anyways, i have to work out first thing in the morning otherwise it isn't going to happen.

4kidz916 4kidz916

Great tips.  It's so hard to fit in exercise time with a busy schedule. 

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