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Monday, May 7, 2012

Finding Time for Fitness


I'm often asked how I manage to fit in my workouts during the day as a working parent. Frankly, it's hard. Before kids, I worked out in the morning before work. Once I got into that routine, it was easy for me. Now, with kids, it's a crap shoot what the mornings will be like. It's usually rush rush rush to get everyone dressed, fed and out the door.

Over the past few years, I've had to be flexible with my fitness routine, depending on both the age of my children and my work situation. When the boys were babies and I was a stay-at-home mom, I would sneak in workouts between feedings (I was breastfeeding at the time) or during naps. I was lucky that my husband worked from home and was able to watch the kids while I was gone.

When I returned to work full-time, I worked crazy hours. I barely had time to shower and get myself dressed in the morning. Since pre-work workouts were out of the question, I began to work out at night after the boys were asleep. Now, both of my kids are in preschool and I work from home as a freelance consultant. Because I have a flexible schedule, I choose to hit the gym in the mornings after the kids are at school but before I start working. I find that it helps clear my head and sets the tone for my day.


Through it all, I've realized that there's no one way to fit fitness into your life but I've learned a few lessons about what works for me.

1. Make fitness a priority. Don't get me wrong. I know it's not easy. However, I do know that for me, being active is an integral part of my life. I feel better both physically and mentally, have more energy and make better food choices when I get my sweat on. I've made it a priority to fit in my workouts and I have a supportive husband who helps me make that happen.

2. Schedule your workouts. If it's in my schedule, I will do it. It keeps me accountable. It also lets my husband and others know my plans so that something else isn't scheduled during that time.

3. Put your workout clothes on. OK, so this might go against all the style advice I received from Style for Hire, but as soon as I think I have a chance to workout, I put my workout clothes on. Once I do, I'm much more likely to go to the gym because it seems like a waste of energy to change out of those clothes when I haven't gotten them sweaty.

4. Make use of nap time. My boys (luckily) love to nap. In fact, I think that I have the only 5 year old on the planet who still takes a nap every day. I count on this as one of the times that I can go to the gym or for a run. If your kids nap and you can get to the gym, great. Even if you can't, you can do exercises or workout videos at home during naps.

5. Find 15-30 minutes. I used to think that I needed at least an hour to get a good workout in. That was before I was introduced to High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and tabata workouts. With these, I can squeeze in a good workout within a short period of time. Even if HIIT and tabata workouts aren't your style, getting out for a walk, jog or bike ride or taking the stairs all count.

6. Exercise with kids. Now that my boys are older, we love to take them on walks and hikes when we can. We love to run around the park with them. My niece loves hula-hooping which is one heck of a workout! Exercising with my kids also sets a good example by showing that exercise is an important part of daily life and that it's a priority for our family.

How do you fit in fitness in your busy life whether or not you are a parent? Do you have any other tips or tricks to share?



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At May 7, 2012 at 5:43 AM , Anonymous MizFit said...

you had me at PRIORITY.
Ill get up at 4a to do it---but Im getting it done.
:)

 
At May 7, 2012 at 6:00 AM , Anonymous Angela @ Happy Fit Mama said...

Exercise with kids is definitely tricky. Either you do it before they wake up or make them part of it. Oh - and naptime is the best time for me to get a nice yoga session in at home.

BTW - my son has the same shoes! Too cute!!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Jolene said...

Making YOU a priority is the number one way to get it done, I think. Obviously, I don't have kids, so it's easier for me to say that than most. But it sounds like you have found that ideal balance of both! And it must be so fun to work out and stay active with your kids!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM , Anonymous Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength said...

Nice post!! :) I was thinking I needed to do another one of these posts. I wrote once about fitting in fitness with a newborn, but it's SO different once they are moving around and you're back at work. :) Great suggestions! I usually get up really early and try to squeeze it in at home before my son wakes up!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 11:33 AM , OpenID triciaminnick.com said...

great tips

 
At May 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM , Blogger Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud said...

Great tips on incorporating fitness into your life. Love your blog! Stopping by from the SITS Spring Fling. So nice to meet you. :)

liveandloveoutloud.com

 
At May 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM , Blogger Lucy McCracken said...

Great workout tips! My 7 year old loves to dance so we'll do Zumba together or put some music on and dance for about 20 minutes... My 14 yr old son likes to hike so we go on family hikes. I completely agree that it's important to make time, even though it's so hard. Visiting from SITS. Just subscribed to your blog as well. :)
www.findyoursparkle2.com

 
At May 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM , Anonymous Momma Marge said...

That is exactly the recipe for success... thanks for sharing it!

Make it a great day!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM , OpenID liverunloveyoga.com said...

Great post!!! I love your tips. It is totally about being flexible and not stressing when it comes to working out!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 1:49 PM , Anonymous tracy@sellabitmum said...

Great tips - Unfortunately the only way I've made it work for me is I rise at 4:30am every single ding dong day and take a run - so by the times I have to wake the kids at 6:30 my work-out is done and I'm showered and ready for the day. Does it suck getting up at 4:30? OMGYES. But totally worth it by the time I'm hitting the pavement.

 
At May 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM , Blogger Luci Gabel said...

Christine, GREAT post. I came across your name and latest post via your comment in SITS and thought I'd jump over and take a look! I'm currently writing a book on how people can fit exercise into a busy day - and you hit all of the most important topics on the head. #1 & #2 are the MOST important (including what one of your readers mentioned, which is to make yourSELF a priority). And then, there is one more that I always talk about which is - don't think about it. Too many people think they need to "Feel" like exercising, or be "in the mood" to exercise first. Which is not the case at all. I love Tracy's comment - "Does it suck getting up at 4:30? OMGYES" - that's awesome!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM , Blogger MCM Mama said...

First thing I do most days after I drop the kids at school is run or hit the gym. Otherwise, my day gets sucked up by grocery shopping or work or just plain being lazy. It's nice to always get that one thing off my to do list!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 3:50 PM , Anonymous KelleeMove said...

These are great tips! I'm a work-at-home mom with two boys (11 years and 20-months) and finding time to squeeze in a workout is REALLY hard! My fiance usually handle the nightly bath, so i try to set aside that time to get in a 20-minute pilates or yoga video - but often I need the time to get caught up with work. That's the hard part for me: whenever I have a break from the kids, my first priority is getting paid - so I really need to be able to get my workouts in WITH the kids (time that I wouldn't be able to work anyway). That's easier now that the weather's getting nicer, because we can just head out for a walk or a hike or run around on the local high school's football field. I'm thinking, though, that I should just bit the bullet and join a gym with childcare available so that I don't have to be dependent on nice whether (which, in Seattle, in never a guarantee!).

 
At May 7, 2012 at 5:45 PM , Blogger PavementRunner said...

Fab list... all things I am quickly finding out are helpers and extremely important to getting out there. Following your "big footsteps" now that I have "little footsteps" in my house. Great share!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM , Blogger The Dolls Are Alright said...

Such great suggestions. I went and bought a treadmill to be sure I get to workout. With a full-time job and my partner in his 12th year of Parkinson's, it is the best way for me. Thanks for the great post!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 8:58 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Yes! It does come down to making it a priority, huh?

 
At May 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I am so dependent on naptimes, especially on the weekend, to get a workout in. I'm not sure what I'll do once my boys stop napping!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Yes, you are so very right. It is about making ME a priority. Because if I don't make myself a priority, it's so easy to put off working out in favor of doing other things for other people first - dishes, laundry, cleaning, etc. The other stuff will get done, maybe not right away :-) It is fun being active with my kids especially when they do yoga with me :-)

 
At May 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I definitely realized that things change and shift as my kids get older and that I need to be flexible about when I can work out. Please do write a post. I'd love to hear your perspective too!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Kristi! It's great to meet you too!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 9:06 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Lucy for sharing how you fit fitness into your busy life! It is hard but it's important too, at least for me and my health and sanity. Dancing with my kids is by far the most fun.

 
At May 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Whitney! I've definitely realized that I need to be flexible. While I may schedule my workouts and make it a priority, I know that sometimes thing come up or my schedule gets crazy and I may not workout when I expect to. I try to find a time later in the day/night or else make it a priority for the next day.

 
At May 7, 2012 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Christine said...

OMG that's early!! I used to be such a morning person but no longer. You are so right though - it sucks but it totally worth it.

 
At May 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Luci for adding "not to think about it." You are so right. It's so easy to get caught up in our own heads about whether we feel like or are in the mood for exercising. That's partly why I used to like working out early in the morning because I would be half asleep when I got to the gym and it would be too late to turn back!

 
At May 7, 2012 at 9:17 PM , Blogger Christine said...

So very true. It's so easy for the days to be consumed by errands and everything else. I definitely feel like my day has been productive if I've worked out :-)

 
At May 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks! Those little footsteps are so cute and make it all the more important for us to get out there.

 
At May 7, 2012 at 9:27 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I totally hear you about the need to get caught up on work. I feel the same way since I'm a freelance consultant - every free moment that I have should be spent working but I've also come to realize that I work better if I've had a chance to MOVE. I agree that it's easier and harder now that the kids are older but it is fun to start to nurture their love for movement.

 
At May 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you for sharing how you fit in fitness into your day.

 
At May 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM , Anonymous Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) said...

Great tips! Recently I've embraced nap times for workouts and it's worked so well! Time for a good sweat and a shower before the little munchkin wakes up :)

 
At May 8, 2012 at 9:06 PM , Blogger Sourire11 said...

This was a great post! I struggle with finding time to work out alot. Still trying to figure it out, actually. Some weeks it works, others not so much. Sigh. Anyways Thanks so much for stopping by my SITS day! The bumbo on the beach was hilarious. He loved it!

 
At May 8, 2012 at 10:55 PM , Blogger Christine said...

That's great Brittany! Thank you for sharing. I used to waste that time doing not much of anything but felt so much better when I could get a workout in.

 
At May 8, 2012 at 10:57 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you! It is a work in progress. Like you said, some weeks it works and some weeks it doesn't. But I think that that's OK because, well, that's life, right? I think that it's important to keep trying to get it in but also to be kind to yourself when it doesn't work out which we all know will happen at times.

 
At May 10, 2012 at 7:37 AM , Blogger Danica Bridges-Martin said...

I'm really enjoying your blog and good luck with the "What's Beautiful" competition! I too take advantage of my daughter's naps so that I can squeeze a workout into a busy schedule. And I also understand how easy it is too choose the easy clothes; I'd be afraid to go on "What Not to Wear" because they'd toss out most of my wardrobe! :) Danica Martin www.danicamartinbridges.blogspot.com

 
At May 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Danica! Your comments me a lot to me. I feel like I'm constantly trying to fit the puzzle pieces together just right in order to fit everything in!

 
At May 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM , Anonymous Tina @ Like Ordinary Life said...

I'd tell you that you're preaching to the choir but I've definitely been ignoring all of your lessons recently. Eventhough I've learned them myself, time after time, I get stubborn and tell myself I don't have time! Thanks for this post! It's exactly what I needed today to get me out the door and to the gym! Stopping over from SITS!

 
At May 14, 2012 at 2:17 AM , Blogger Motivated Mommy of two said...

When my kids were younger I used to work out at night after they went to bed, I am not a morning person and no matter how much I have tried to work out in the AM it just does not happen for me. So now I am lucky enough that my mom watches my kids so I get to work out before picking them up. Stopping by from SITS

 
At May 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM , Blogger Amber @ Backwards Life said...

Love that your kids still nap. This gives me hope that my now three year old will hold on to hers for a while longer. I napped till I was 6! I still nap if I can :-)
I try to use nap-time to do workout videos. I love that NetFlix has a ton and I have a few saved from over the years.

I can't wait till the baby is 6 months so I can take them both to the gym nursery and get back to my spin classes. As much as I like to delude myself, I'm just NOT getting up at 5am to go to one :-/ I do try to get to the gym or just out for a run when Peter's home and able to watch the girls. We also do a toddler hike series a few times a year and then go for walks during the week around town.

My older girl talks about how exercise is good for you, which makes me happy. I want her to grown up to be strong and healthy, but I want her to focus on that rather than all the body image issues that will be shoved in her face (doing my best to keep my own to my self!).

 

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