Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ways to Add Exercise to a Busy Schedule

Today I'm excited to have a guest post by Leah who blogs over on Life, Love and Coffee Stains, and linking up with Open Spaces Blog for our blog swap.  
I think one of the biggest reasons people don't exercise daily, or even weekly, is because of time. So I'm excited that Leah is sharing some ways to fit exercise into your busy schedules. 

Whether you’re working a 9-5, chasing toddlers around at home, or somewhere in the middle, it can feel like there’s no time for exercise or fitness in your day. I personally went through a few months of this not too long ago, and have just recently gotten back on track with exercising regularly!

If you find yourself in a funk, I’ve got a couple of tips for you to add exercise to a busy schedule!

  1. Set the Alarm 30 Minutes Earlier! (Or Stop Hitting Snooze)
This one seems simple, but I’m the worst about hitting the snooze button, or bargaining for more sleep. Once that alarm goes off, you’re not actually getting more sleep, so you might as well get out of bed and get moving! Even if you don’t use that initial 30 minutes for exercise, you’ve added a chunk of time to your day that you didnt have before!

  1. Make a Fitness “To-Do List”
Looking to add some strength training to your routine, but don’t feel like you can spare
half an hour to lift weights? Create a strength to-do list, and work on checking things off throughtout the day! For example, I have push-ups, sit-ups, and some other core exercises in a list, and can do them at any time, as long as I get them done by the end of the day! This way, you’re doing 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there!  

  1. Incorporate Fitness Into Something Else
Taking the kids to the park? Work some cardio into your trip by participating in a game of tag, or kicking the soccer ball around! No kids to play with? Think about parking further from the door to add some walking time to your day, or turning your mall trip into a chance to walk a few miles!

  1. Get a FitBit.
(Or any other fitness tracker) Tracking your steps can help you know how much you’re currently moving, and you might be surprised by how many steps you take in a day! Fitness trackers can also spur motivation to beat certain goals, or move more than the day before. Just be sure you’re wearing it consistently, or you won’t see the benefits.

How else do you add fitness to your schedule? Let me know, and come hang out with me on instagram and twitter, where I share my blog posts, life updates, and my personal fitness goals!

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I think Leah has some really good ideas for you, if this is something you struggle with.

What makes exercising hard for you?

What helps you get your work out in?


  1. I haven't done this for (ahem) a while, but when I found myself not exercising because I couldn't find a big enough chunk of time, I would just start doing a little 5 or 10 minute workout with some random jumping jacks and pushups and stuff in my PJs. It's something, at least!

    1. That's a fantastic idea! I've done that with my girls. I just turn some music on and teach them some cardio stuff like jumping jacks and football runs. We all have a good time and get some work out in.