Post # 1
For those of you who are juggling work, pets, cleaning, errands, etc where do you find it best to fit in time to work out?
I would especially like to hear from those who may be LDR or their spouses schedule is opposite their’s so all of the daily chores fall on their shoulders.
Post # 2
I’m lucky in that I work from home so I can go on a run during my lunch break. Sometimes I’ll do a work out video when my Fiance is busy with his music stuff or at work or something. It’s not a huge time commitment, as long as I get like 30 minutes in every other day I feel awesome. I don’t go to the gym because I’m poor and also cheap hah – and running outside is free! And I can find great high intensity workout stuff or yoga videos on youtube.
Post # 3
I HAVE to do it during lunch. It helps that I have a gym at work though.
I know this sounds humble-braggy, and I kinda am, but I literally have no other time to do it. I have a full-time job (that “suggests” at least 15 hours of overtime per week, some buuuullshit), am working on my masters, do concert piano for our local symphony, and am extremely involved in my local/state activist community, so free time doesnt really exist. Thank Jesus for hour-long lunch breaks or I’d lose damn mind and/or become morbidly obese
Post # 4
I work full time and find it best if i go straight after work. I live 10 min from home and we have a gym in the building, so i power walk back, get changed, dump my stuff and go. I’m normally done by 6:30, Fiance wont have been back to long and he will start cooking whilst i shower then i’ll take over from him.
If i dont go after work, i make excuses. I love the feeling of still having my evenings to unwind. I keep the house tidy and pick things up as i go during the week, then have a sat morning gym sesh, Fiance is out playing football so i have some me time and then chill then plans dependant take my time properly cleaning the house.
Post # 5
I start work at 8:30 Monday thru Friday, so on the weekdays I will try my very best to get up at 5:00 AM and take yoga at 6 AM or cycling at 5:45 AM. I was a night owl (& late riser) before I started my full time job, so it was hard making the adjustment… but SOOOOO worth it once I get the hang of it. I’m typically done around 7 AM, which is the time I would wake up for work, without working out! When I do work out before heading into work, I am so much more happier and alert and ready for my day! Hope this is helpful!
Post # 6
I don’t watch TV. Once I cut that, I was amazed at how my hectic evening after work seemed to almost drag some nights. It also helps that as soon as I get home I change right into gym clothes and get to it. If I allow myself even 5 minutes to relax, work out doesn’t happen.
Post # 7
My habit is the morning workout. It feels good to just get it over with and then go about my day. Mornings are nice to do outdoor exercise too. It helps that my elliptical is in my house so there’s no commute to the gym.
Post # 8
I work out with my boyfriend who is a personal trainer, lucky me! But it is hard to find time because we work out so much, we often end up going to the gym later for lifting, or whenever we can make it work. Really all it takes is a commitment to making it a priority. Right now I have the luxury of Summer break but normally I work, go to school, volunteer at an elementary school, and then the usual necessities of life and chores and such and still manage to work out between 2 and 3 hours a day. I find it helps working out with your partner if your schedules normally keep you apart much of the day-it’s very bonding. I normally do cardio in the morning and then lift after work. Getting up early is my least favorite thing to do, but if you have to you have to, there are some great articles on line that help you get better at getting up early. But really the biggest thing in my opinion is commitment.
Post # 9
I get up at 4:40-5ish and do a combination of Kayla Itsines, spin bike for 45 mins then 20 min Pilate DVD. Usually I don’t finish it all before work so I leave Pilates or Kayla Itsines for after work. It sucks because no matter how little I sleep I still force myself to get it done.
Post # 10
maplebacon: early morning before work. Otherwise it doesn’t happen.
Post # 11
Fiance is a full-time manager in the food industry and also is working on opening his own business with 2 partners right now, so he works about 60-70 hours a week–all away from home. I do the majority of cleaning around the house. I used to be a super disorganized person, but now that we have a house to take care of, I don’t feel comfortable letting anything slide. I actually have a cleaning binder now with monthly checklists (highly recommend–cleanandscentsible.com) Anyway, I work a normal 9-5 job so Fi and I have limited time togther. I work out in the mornings. If I don’t, it just won’t get done. I am lucky to have a treadmill in my house so it’s easy to run all year round. Then I do a quick workout from fitness blender (free online workouts) 3 times a week on top of my runs 5 days a week. I choose short 10-15 minute workouts, and I vary between uper body, lower body, and full body workouts. I don’t workout on the weekend. That’s my time!
Post # 12
Commentimg to follow. I have a SO who leaves for work for 16 days at a time so I do most of the house work and dogs etc. We were just talking about when you would fit in going to the gym and really by the time I get home ,cook dinner,spruce up ,and pay attention to the dogs I am ready for bed lol
Post # 13
I don’t go to the gym per se but I do typically run 10-20 miles a week around the neighborhood and I do it immediately after work. My husband leaves significantly earlier than I do and gets home much later than me. I usually am home by 5:30ish, go for my run asap so I’m usually home within 30 mins. (it’s also cooler and easier with my asthma especially in the summer months). do a couple quicker chores (dishwasher, swiffering the floors, wiping down furniture/counters) and by 6:30 I’m starting dinner to be ready by 7 for when he gets home. We usually eat do a rough clean up and head out for a walk together for 1-2 miles with the dog. Get home I finish cleaning cleaning up dinner, shower and bed. Weekends I try to run/workout as soon as I wake up and hes still sleeping. It’s all in moderation.
Post # 14
My husband is a strength coach and he has crazy hours so we never see each other. I’m usually the one doing the housework because when he is home, he wants to sleep! Not true during breaks, when he will take over house work. We are not good at working out together (conflicting schedules and one of us would probably murder the other), so I go before or after work depending on season. My body responds better after work but in the winter I would rather get up early. I let me body decide. But if I don’t go in the morning it means I have to go in the evening, I don’t let myself get out of it (most of the time). Whatever routine you can stick with is the perfect one for you 🙂 I would love to workout at lunch but I only have a 30 min break (where I go on a walk!).
Post # 15
My SO and I live together and he’s been gone for months. We text during the day here and there but call infrequently, so I think I meet your LDR requirement. Haha
I wake up early to run on days when I know I’ll be busy late. There is really no good excuse to not, at least in my life. If I sleep in, I take my running stuff to work because I don’t have an excuse to not, since you can run almost anywhere at any time. I also cut my lazy lounging down and have started only allowing myself to read motivating workout materials instead of my smut books.
You’ll find that it isn’t a lack of time that’s your problem but a lack of motivation/drive. Try to be harder with yourself. Stop making excuses and set time sensitive goals. Keep track of your workout days, don’t take too many days off and, most importantly: find an exercise that you love so you’ll want to do it.
I run because I love it. Not because I feel guilty if I don’t or feel like I HAVE to. Find something that you actually love. It really helps.