How To Fit Exercise Into Your Crazy-Busy Schedule

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When our lives get busy, fitness always seems to be the first thing to drop from our to-do lists. Whether life gets in the way and you can't find the time, or you just completed a 40-hour work week and took care of your kids, and you just can't find the energy. Here are six ways to sneak a workout in your busy life schedule to make your life easier and your fitness goals more achievable. 


At work

Turn your commute into a workout

Your first excuse for not having time to workout is most likely work. You sit in traffic on the way to and from work and by the time you get home, you're exhausted. The last thing on your mind is finding the energy to work out when all you want to do is chill out. 

Instead of trying to convince yourself that you aren't too tired to get a workout in, turn your commute into your time for exercise. If the distance allows it try running, walking, jogging, or biking to get to work at least a few times a week. If you work too far, try parking 20 minutes away from your workplace and walk the rest of the way there. You'll be satisfied each time you do it and you won't have to find the time and energy to exercise after work. 

 

Lunch break escape

Use your lunch hour to take a quick walk or run to the gym if you have time. It'll feel good to get moving after sitting at a desk all day.

 

If you have kids

Add your kids to your workouts

Finding time to get a full workout when you have kids can be a hassle. It seems as if every time you finally find some time to yourself to get a workout in it gets interrupted. So what's the solution? Take the kids with you. If you have a little one, take a jog while pushing their stroller. If you want to take it a step further, strap your baby into a carrier and do squats for a fun and effective workout. 

 

When your kids go to practice, you work out

When your kids have soccer or little league practice, take that time to jog around the park or do your other favorite outdoor workouts. You get your workout in during the first half of practice and still have time to watch the rest.

 

At home

Take advantage of commercials

Commercial breaks are an excellent time for workouts. Even if you DVR your favorite shows, stop skipping through the commercials and save them as a quick time to throw a workout in. Instead of sitting on the couch snacking during your favorite show, use small at-home equipment or your body weight to do a few quick exercises. Every commercial, do as many reps or exercises as you can. In a 30-minute sitcom you can get about 10 minutes of exercise in, and double that for an hour-long show. 

 

Get your workout in before you do anything else

I'm sorry for even suggesting getting up early in the morning to workout, but it's one of the most productive ways to get your daily exercise in. When you work out first thing in the morning, you eliminate the possibility that life will get in the way. Our lives are filled with traffic, last-minute happy hour plans with friend, and hundreds of other things that get in the way of us exercising. Working out in the morning lets you enjoy your day without exercise hanging over your head, making you feel guilty if you can't find the time or are too tired to do it later. If you accomplish nothing else the entire day, you can at least sleep easy knowing that at least you've worked out.