Don't know how to schedule in a workout

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
7179 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@VikingPrincess:  I also walk my dog twice a day and fit in my workouts before her morning walk, 3 days a week.  This means the alarm rings at 5:15am instead of 6:15am (on the non-morning walks).   I have to do it in the morning, because I know by the time the evening hits, I’m exhausted.  Can you run with your dog?  Sometimes I’ll jog about a mile with my dog to get in some additional exercise.  I honestly think you just have to schedule it and then follow-through.  If it’s not in my calendar like that, it won’t happen.  Good luck figuring out what works best for you!

Post # 4
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I do a seven minute workout.

You do 12 workouts for 30 seconds each with a 10 second down time inbetween them.

1. Jumping jacks

2. Wall sit

3. Push ups

4. Crunches

5. Step-ups

6. Squats

7. Tricep dip on a chair

8. Planks

9. High knees running in place

10. Lunges

11. Push up and rotation

12. Side plank.


I heard about it a couple years ago from a good friend and found it was also covered in the NY Times. It really, really, really kicks your ass and if you can afford 7 minutes, it’s worth it.

Post # 5
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I go streight to the gym after work.  Do not even look at going home (though, it would be SOOO easy some days)  If I go home, I’m done, making dinner and then butt on the couch until bed. 

Post # 6
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

I hear ya! I work 10-7 during the week and 9-9 on the weekends. Gym is open 8-10. I’m not much of a morning person so getting up early isn’t really in the cards and it is a 20 minute walk to the gym and then 20 minutes to the closest bus stop to take to work if I went in the morning. When I get home I cook supper, eat supper then it is around 9 so too late to make the trek up the hill to the gym. Pretty much go on days off and that’s it, but my schedule changes sometimes to a later start time so would go before work in that case. 

Post # 7
817 posts
Busy bee

I also wake up early like PP to get my workout done in the morning since I know if I wait until after work it won’t happen (except yesterday, I slept in yesterday and was good to myself and worked out when I got home!).  Can you run with your dog, get a bit more exercise in there for both of you.  Or, if you could get up maybe 30 mins earlier (which would be REALLY early) there are lots of websites with shorter work outs available as well as a lot of work out DVD’s (Jillian Michael’s workouts are only about 30 mins).

I think it really comes down to your motivation/will to work out.  If you really, really want it to happen you’ll find somewhere in your day to make time for it.  You can do it!!

Post # 8
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Have a snack around 3PM and go straight to the gym on your way home? Or get up earlier, walk the dog, and go to the gym at 6:30AM? Or run with your dog?

Post # 9
6447 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I work out at home after work.

I get up at 6 already so I don’t want to get up an earlier! I typically get home from work between 5:30 and 6:00. I immediately eat a banana and put on my work out clothes. I don’t even let myself sit down because I know if I do I won’t work out.

I did insanity at home and have now moved on to T25. After Thanksgiving I’ll be looking to incorporate more weight training. 

Post # 10
11598 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You either get up earlier, or you deal with going jogging in the dark after you get home.

Listen, I feel you.  I get up between 4:15 and 4:30 just to get to work on time.  I work fom 6am until anywhere from 3pm – 6pm depending on the day.  It is almost always dark by the time I get home.  You just go, and you do it.  Tomorrow, you can feel sore, or you can feel sorry.

Post # 11
817 posts
Busy bee

I think I mis-read your OP… I thought you were getting up at 5:30 already!  I get up at 6am to get a 45 minute work out into my mornings.  I also prefer working out in the morning because I can tell a major difference in how my day goes compared to days I don’t work out in the morning.  If I start my day off right I feel better about myself and am more alert throughout the day.  Plus if I knock it out first thing in the morning then I don’t have to worry about it the rest of the day.  I like being able to come home after work, put on comfy clothes and relax with my cat wihtout feeling guilty about missing a workout.

Post # 13
2102 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

AHhh this is somewhat my problem too…


I find I HAVE TO force myself to get up at 5:45A, run in the early morning day light from 6:15-7:15 and get to work (10 min drive) by 8/8:15 at LEAST 2 days during the work week and then on the weekends there are no “rest” days – they are my PRIME TIME for getting runs in so I never skip.

I also have a stationary bike at home for those days that I can’t get my 5mi run in the day light but still want to sweat it out in the privacy of my own home… while watching tv! haha

If you can afford it, I would look into any piece of “home gym” equipment on craigslist if you have the room – I find the extra drive to the gym is a deal breaker in my precious time-crunched life.

I almost never workout after work – unless its non-strenuous like yoga… just wayyy too unmotivated/tired.  The morning me is much more enthusiastic!

Post # 14
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I work out immediately after work.  Just eat a snack an hour beforehand or so if you’re hungry.  I would go immediately to the gym or somewhere you can workout.  I can go home and still leave and workout but I’m very used to it by now and I like working out.  If you go home, don’t sit down.

You can work out at home.  I personally do not like to workout at home (unless I had a piece of equipment, then I would) so it’s worth it to me to pay to go to a gym.  That way I can go when it’s dark, raining, snowing, etc.

Also, since it’s so dark out now by 5pm…I make sure I run both Saturday and Sunday because I can do it during the day.  That way I have at least 2 free nights I can come home and relax.

I hate to get up early and I don’t feel exhausted after work (desk job) so immediately after work is best for me.

Post # 16
1681 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@VikingPrincess:  What type of job do you work? How long is your lunch break? Can you mesh your lunch break and 15min break into one 45 minute break. Go for a jog then eat while your’e working?

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