Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Finding Time To Exercise

One of the questions I get asked a lot is "how do you find time to exercise?" If you've been around here for a while you know that I'm a stay at home mom of 3 (2 of which are at home with me on a daily basis) who blogs about life and fitness and takes care of all the grocery errands and other house stuff. I'm busy. I don't hire anyone for help, I don't have that kind of money and I also feel like I should be the one to raise the kids that I have. We don't do any daycare. J is in elementary school, M is in pre-school and V is home with me all day. I'm busy. So how on earth do I find time to workout on top of kids and everything else I do?



Honestly, a lot of the how has to do with the why. Excercise has always been something that is important to me. I've always felt like it was a priority in my life. I love it because it makes me feel stronger, happier, more productive, energetic, focused. I love it because it helps calms my anxiety and boosts my mood. I sleep better when I workout, and it helps me be a better mom.  Exercise gives me time to reflect on my life and figure out the problems that I'm dealing with. It helps me come up with better solutions. It helps me feel better about my trials.  There are countless benefits to working out. Not all of them are health benefits (though so many are), and they differ for everyone. 

Because exercise is such a big importance in my life, the rest comes pretty easy.  I prioritize it as much as I can. There are definitely some days that it doesn't happen, and that's always a struggle for me, but it doesn't make me feel the need to give it up and stop working out altogether. If feeling the need to prioritize fitness is something that is hard for you, make a fitness goal for yourself. Share that goal with others, put it on post-its around your house, get a buddy to help you get motivated.  Once you make it a big goal in your life, you'll have a reason to prioritize it. 




In order to exercise with so much going on all the time, and with kids around to interrupt sometimes, I schedule it in. Working out is hardly ever something that people have free time and say "hey, I think I'll go to the gym." It's almost always something that we have to schedule time for or it doesn't get done.  I have my schedule, 3 kids schedules, and Trevon's schedule to work around. So Trevon and I always plan our workouts together so we know when there will be time. I take some mornings during the week, and the other days are either evening workouts or off days. Trevon does the opposite of my workouts so that we both get our time to exercise.  When you take the time to sit down and find where you have time in your schedule to workout, it's pretty amazing how much time you can find.

The excuse "I don't have time to workout" is pretty popular and it doesn't sit well with me. Everyone has the same amount of time in their day. Yes, there are different priorities and different schedules but no one has extra time in a day.  If you don't feel like you have time, make time.  How many hours of sleep are you getting a night? How much time are you spending in the evenings on your phone or in front of the TV? What do you do during the part of your lunch break that you're not eating lunch? I guarantee you could find 20 minutes somewhere during your day to do some kind of exercise.


A lot of people have a hard time fitting exercise in because they really just don't want to do it. They don't feel motivated or excited about it. This is super common and it can be easily fixed! Find something you like to do and do it. My thing is running but that doesn't mean everyone else needs to like running. Go hiking, ride a bike, do a HIIT workout, dance, even just going for a walk. Once you start working out, you'll learn to love working out and then you'll want to find the time to schedule it in.

What I'm really saying here is that there really isn't any excuses for not working out. If you say that something hurts so you can't workout, workout and I bet it will help the pain feel better. If you don't think you have time, find the time and then keep that schedule. People find excuses way too often for living an unhealthy life, and it just hurts them more. So here's the tough love, just stop finding excuses and do it. It's that simple.

What is one thing that fills up extra time in your day that you're willing to give up to get healthy?

When is your favorite time of day to workout?


11 comments:

  1. I hear that all the time! When my boys were little, I used to get up at 4 am to get my run in before my husband left for work. If it is a priority, you will get it done!

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    1. That's so true! If it's important to you and you make it a priority it'll get done! Have a great day Wendy!

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  2. It doesnt sit well with me the excuse I dont have time. Fellow Mom of 3, blogger and personal trainer in a gym. I get up early and go to bed early yo make time. We make time for the things we prioritize.

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    1. Make it work! There's no excuse of time. Thanks De! Have a fantastic day.

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  3. I was a stay-at-home mom when our three kids were little, too. I did a lot of walking, but was not a runner then...nor had I discovered the magic of strength training. We didn't have smart phones (or even cell phones LOL), and the internet wasn't really operating much at that time. I think I watched a lot of tv during nap time or chatted with friends (on the house phone). Looking back, I really should have been doing other things. Now, the kids are pretty much all grown and I find a way to get at least 20-minutes of exercise daily (often times, more).

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    1. LOL! I remember my mom being the same way until we were all in school and she had time to make it to they gym once in a while. The other day someone made a comment to her about how stay at home moms spend too much time on their phones now days and she just had to point out to them that it's not that they are on their phones all day, its just how they choose to spend their free time sometimes. That's how she was with TV. she chose to spend some of her free time watching a show when she could and that's totally fine! Its crazy how much has changed now though with the internet.

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  4. You are so right, it can be really tough to fit in workouts some days. I completely agree that it all depends on your personal goal. I am finding that I may have to start weight training before work, 5am, I haven't done that in quite a while but for my current goal I am going to do it. Working full-time and then also some nights at our gym while also having activities for our daughter there are just days when that early morning training session will work out better for me.

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    1. I'm in the same boat right now. 5 AM sounds incredibly early right now but if I want to meet my goals that might have to start happening for me too. Good luck! You're going to kill your goal!

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  5. My kids are all grown up now but as a stay at home mom, exercise was my sanity. I found time for it and it made me a happier and more patient mom

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  6. I don't have kids but I have a busy life. I make time. I try to gently tell others that they can also make time if it's important to them. But it's hard because you don't want to be too pushy about it. Sometimes people just have to figure it out for themselves. But I like to show others that if I can get up and make time for 30 minutes workout in the morning (or evening, or a spin class or whatever) that they can too.

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  7. It is such a struggle with little kids to get the time in to exercise. I normally like getting my workout in first thing in the morning, but the gym daycare is so chaotic it overwhelms my youngest; so we've had to adjust and go closer to noon. Definitely not my preferred schedule, but at least now I can get my entire workout in without her going to pieces.

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