3 Tips for Working Out on Little Time

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After you have kids there’s one thing I can guarantee: You will have little time left over for much else!

It’s sooo worth the trade off – beautiful little creatures for no spare minutes. Still, we have to stay healthy, and in order to stay healthy we need to exercise.

We all know this, but how do you squeeze in a jog/walk/ride/ab routine between changing, feeding, burping, and entertaining the troops?

You can do it; it just takes a little planning! Here are the ways I incorporate fitness into a daily schedule filled with two children, work, and taking care of the household.

Get up and go early! Don’t wait until after dinner to take your walk if you can do it during the day. Studies show those who get up and go early are more apt to stick with a workout routine. And even better news, a study in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise showed women who worked out early were less interested in pictures of yummy foods, which may save you from noshing on everything in the fridge when baby naps. Getting up pre-dawn may mean an early bedtime, but the extra energy you get from a morning jog will be well worth it. (Plus you can record the shows you miss and watch them in the daytime!) Otherwise, after some morning playtime with the tots, place them in the stroller and head out for a walk or jog before lunch or let them have some mat time while YOU have some (yoga) mat time!

Park and play (and work out). One of my favorite ways to fit exercise in when my kids were small was to load them in the stroller and jog to the park (we had one close by) and then work out while I played with the kids. I would do pull ups on the pull up bar (okay, I wasn’t very good and could do only one or two, but I tried!), tricep dips on the stairs leading up to the slides and lunges as I walked around. I would even take a blanket for crunches. Then I’d jog back home. If you don’t live near a park, drive to a park to exercise. Find one with great walking trails. Take along a blanket for ground work. Not only are you fitting in a good workout, but you’re spending outdoor time with your kids, too. Don’t want to go solo? Invite a friend or two along. They may offer that added motivation you need to get up and go each day.

Work out at home. You don’t need a gym to get fit, and working out at home means getting it done without wasting time driving. This week I spoke to Dr. Lisa from the hit show The Doctors.  She shared with me that after gaining one hundred pounds during pregnancy, she turned to exercise videos to burn calories. “This is something you can do in your house,” she said, while baby is napping or before baby wakes or goes to bed for the day. Dr. Lisa’s new yoga video Yoga Blasts! features three twenty-minute routines, which is an amount of time most moms can fit into their busy schedules (and is the reason Dr. Lisa created the video in the first place!). I mentioned before I do a lot of DVDs as well as videos from Hulu.com. They are available whenever you are and cost just $8 per month for unlimited viewing. (Plus I can catch Revenge when I miss it Sunday night due to my early bedtime!)  

How do you fit in a workout with limited time in your schedule?

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3 Tips for Working Out on Little Time

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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  1. Member says:

    Thanks Alison! I love working out at home. Even though my girls are now both in school (sniff sniff!) I still do yoga, pilates and strength and core in my house 😉 Saves time and money!

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  3. Alison Lee says:

    I like the idea of working out at home the most – where I live, working out outdoors isn’t conducive. With the 3 year old now in school in the mornings, this is definitely something I can FINALLY fit in. Great tips!

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