Making Time in your (Very) Busy Schedule for a Daily Workout




Well mammas, the school year is starting!  For me, that means becoming even more busy with homeschooling, driving the kids around to co-op classes, swimming lessons, etc.  No more of the leisurely summer – if you can even call it that.

Many people have asked me how I make time for a daily workout, so I thought I would write a post about it because it is essential to stay healthy, to stay mentally alert – and also have the physical energy to endure the hectic days.  It has actually become my savior, and my way to harness enough energy to take care of 3 kids, homeschool, cook, blog, play, drive and everything else I do every single day – 7 days a week for weeks on end.

Before starting any program, I always recommend listing out your “whys”.  Why are you doing this?  Why are you putting your body through this?  You need to keep your “whys” in a safe place, because they are going to be your strength when you want to give up.


The Daily Workout at the Gym

I am not a gym person (for reasons following), however, I wasn’t always this way.  The kids and I would go to the gym every single day – if you can believe that?  To tell you the truth, it was exhausting – but worth it.

If you are a gym goer, here are my tips to have big success at the gym.

  • If you are paying for a gym membership – use it.  In my opinion, there is nothing worse than throwing money away.
  • Make a list of your goals (fat burn, weight loss, bulk up, lean muscle, etc, lower blood sugar).
  • Get a personal trainer – I would recommend that you spend the money for personal training sessions.   From him/her you need a weekly routine.  You should know exactly what to do each day to maximize your goals.
  • Keep it to 30-45 minutes per day.
  • Look for express classes.
  • Go early in the morning or later at night – so you do not have to take your kids with you.   If your kids are all school age, and you are not homeschooling, go while they are at school.
  • Find a good nutrition plan that you can stick with.  Exercise goes hand in hand with good nutrition.  Don’t go in with the mindset that you are going to make up for your indiscretions in the kitchen by working hard in the gym.  It doesn’t work that way.


The Daily Workout at Home

This has worked the best for me.  I don’t really have to build my schedule around others.  I do not have to worry about bringing my kids to childcare – and whether they will tolerate it for the duration of the workout.  At my gym, to take care of 3 kids, it cost me $30 per month.  That’s $30 I can keep in my pocket.  I also don’t have to worry about driving back and forth everyday.

  • Look for a solid workout program.  The program will offer different workouts each day – giving your variety, and working the entire body effectively and efficiently.
  • Workout on your own time.  There is no “best time” to workout.  The best time is when you have time.  For me, it’s early in the morning – but it can be anytime that you can stick with.
  • Look for short 30 minute workouts.  This way, you are in and done and can go on with your day.
  • Look for a program with a solid nutrition plan that you can stick to.
  • Look for a program that is at your fitness level.   There is no “best” program.  If you are 100 lbs overweight, and not that athletic, maybe Insanity or p90X isn’t the best choice.  If you chose the right program, you will stick with it.

I hope this helps you to start a program and start moving.  The advantages far outweigh the pains.  After just 3 weeks of consistency, it will become habit.  Your energy will improve.  You will feel better and your body will work better.

If you have any questions or need suggestions about programs that might be right for you, you can email me lisa {at} squishablebabybaby {dot} com.

How has your fitness program helped you to better deal with your busy life?

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  1. You are looking awesome!! Love this post, and agree on all your tips. Good for you for taking the time for YOU! If you need an extra quickie workout head over to the blog, I’ve teamed up with a fitness trainer for quick at home workouts for busy moms!
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  2. I was never a gym person but I found that I really enjoy boxing and I do semi-private classes which ensures that I show up. Now that I am more motivated, I find that I will also do a workout at home. I don’t seem to want to workout for the sake of it, but if I have another motivation, it is what gets me to do it. They include:
    — meeting a friend for a workout
    — fitness goal to meet another goal. In my case, I hated it when I was to winded to spar 3 rounds without pooping out.
    — Improve a particular body part. First it was arms, now flatter stomach

    For me, having different goals helps to stay motivated but what helped most was finding an exercise that I really love.
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  3. It is true that it takes just a few weeks to really cement a good habit. I really want to start alternating dance with my walking since that is supposed to be so good for my movement disorder but I am having trouble sticking to that because it makes me feel so clumsy!
    I also wish I could get motivated earlier but like you said whatever works.
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  4. I am loving your energy! It is an inspiration for sure.. last time I visited your site I ended up doing some exercising with my daughter on my back.. lol. My knees said no.. but next time maybe I will try it without the extra 31 pounds..
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  5. Working out is a part of my life. I make time for it just like I make time for eating and sleeping. Its a MUST no matter how busy I am. Preferably in the morning however, lately, I’ve been working out in the evening.
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  6. Your determination and self-discipline is such an inspiration, especially to so many moms who are losing their interest in fitness due to super busy schedules. Exercise is really crucial in staying healthy. Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you so much! It’s so easy to lose interest. It’s hard to exercise and eat healthy. It takes effort – I know. When you are super busy, sometimes there is just not enough time in a day. However, I talk about it because it’s so important. While it’s never too late to start, you can get very sick very quickly. It doesn’t take much. It’s so worth the effort, but nobody seems to hear me.
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