How to Find Time For Exericse

Happy Friday everyone!

Has this been a really long week or what? I’ve been feeling fatigued despite getting to bed earlier than usual. Plus, I think my allergies might be kicking in from everything blooming. These next few weeks are going to be my highest mileage in marathon training. It’s serious business time so I can’t be sidelined with anything!

My fatigue might have something to do with my little “easy” run on Tuesday. I refused to run 8 miles on the treadmill. Instead, I split up the run. I did four in the morning and another four outside later in the afternoon since it was absolutely gorgeous. Oh, did I mention I thought it would be a good idea to push the kiddos in the double stroller? Ha.Ha. Ha. The joke was on me. It had been almost 6 months since the last stroller run. Obviously I forgot that the words easy and stroller run don’t go together. Needless to say they’ve put on some weight and it was anything but easy. Holy bananas!

BOB Stroller Run - happyfitmama.com

My two little coaches didn’t think I was working hard enough. “Faster, Mama!” was said multiple times. :) Maybe I need to incorporate more stroller training runs to build “mental toughness.” 😉

I get asked a lot about how I find time for exercise. I have a job. I have kids. I have a husband. I have commitments.  I’ll let you in on a little secret. You MAKE the time for it! You can’t wait for it to happen. Planning and scheduling is key. A lot of people think that it takes hours and hours to get a good workout in. Trust me – It doesn’t. It can be as little as 20 minutes. You’ve got 20 minutes, right?

20 minute AMRAP - happyfitmama.com

I did this workout yesterday while my kiddos were playing. I set a 20 minute timer on my phone and got to it. No fancy equipment needed. Of course, being the great coaches that they are, they gave me added resistance by sitting on me for the push ups, planks and wall sits. Isn’t that sweet of them? This left me a sweaty mess and I got a little strength training in as well. I call that time well spent!

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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41 comments on “How to Find Time For Exericse

  1. I totally agree on having to make time for exercise. I am totally unsympathetic to those who claim not to have time for it. No, you don’t want to make time for it is the reality!

    Double joggers are no joke! I did the single a lot when my oldest was little, but the double had fewer appearances. That, and all your mileage right now–no wonder you are tired!
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  2. So true- I love your little secret. You MAKE it happen! Wow, way to go on the stroller run. I haven’t been using mine lately either. Best of luck as you peak these final weeks before taper, you’re getting so close!!
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  3. OMG allergies have been killing me this week! I think it’s definitely contributed to my sluggish feeling and I generally feel like my head is going to explode by the end of the day. I can’t even imagine making it one block pushing a double stroller! You are absolutely right – you have to make time for exercise. I used to think that 20 min was not enough time to exercise but it totally is if you are focused and have a plan.
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  4. Laughing, I don’t think an ‘easy stroller run’ exists, no matter the distance!

    Now that you are in the big mileage weeks of your marathon training, remember to take those rest days seriously! They’re there for a reason, and, as you can tell, the big miles take a toll on your body. Resist the urge to squeeze in a ‘light workout’ on your rest days; give your body the break it deserves! It will go a long way in helping you push through the tough weeks and be ready for race day.

    I completely agree that fitness is something we have to make time for. Many of us are fortunate enough to have flexible schedules that allow us to carve out the time. I think some people get intimidated when they read or hear about some of the longer workouts or daily doubles people put in. I like your reminder that you can still get a really good workout, in as little as 20 minutes. And, just as you did with your run, you can break up your exercise into smaller chunks and still reap the benefits. If you’re stuck at a desk job all day, taking 3 x 10 minute walks around the office adds up to 30 minutes of exercise.
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  5. LOL – I can just hear them telling you to go faster! Nice job getting the 8 miles done that way. I’ve never done a 2-a-day for running. People always ask me how I fit in my workouts all the time. A lot of time they just assume it’s easier b/c I don’t have kids. Like my life is somehow less hectic. And it probably is on different levels. But I do just schedule it. It’s part of my day. Part of what I do. My sister, who is a single mom of 2, does the same thing. She always has it scheduled in and has Plan A, B, C or even D if it comes down to it!
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  6. I agree with you – if it’s important, we find a way to make the time (no matter how little how much time that is) to workout!!
    Cool 20 minute workout!
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  7. YES! Great post. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people complain to me that they just “don’t have time” to exercise. If you can make the time to take a shower or cook a meal or brush your teeth every day, exercise should be no different! Planning is EVERYTHING!
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  8. Absolutely true, and I love your AMRAP!

    Also, studies show that the cumulative amount of exercise you do is the critical factor, not whether you do it in one workout or not. So, if you do 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the afternoon and 10 minutes in the evening, it has the same value as a single 30 minute workout.
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  9. Yes, yes, yes! We must make time for exercise, just like anything else that’s important in our lives.

    I ran with the jogging stroller for the first time in 6mos last Friday. Hahaha. I forgot how hard it is. I can’t imagine how it is with two kiddos. Rock on, mama!
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  10. Wow! Stroller runs are tough – impressive job.

    I agree that you have to make time to workout. If you don’t plan it out, it’s so easy to just not do it. I’ve been making my time in the mornings before the kids even wake up – then I’m done. Love it!
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  11. That’s a lot of strength in one week! I always remembered hearing about elites strapping weight vests on and then doing hill repeats to build strength and endurance. I thought- silly elite runners! Just have babies! Pushing that stroller is a great strength workout!!! Ha! You should rent your kids out in the stroller and spin it as the latest edge in cardio endurance training :) xoxo Drea
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  12. Holy strength training batman! Pushing a stroller is no joke! I don’t have my own munchkins yet, but I have pushed friends kids in strollers before…. that’s a whole different ballgame! Nice AMRAP too, like seriously you’ve got to be feeling the burn right now!
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  13. Yeah that dualie is no joke!!! I only have 1 toddler and a baby and it still kicks my butt!!! I am determined to conquer it though!!

    I agree that making time is the only way! I plan it out on my calendar each week just like I do for all my other tasks…work, appointments, lessons…it all gets scheduled out!
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  14. I exercise EVERY single day and the way I squeeze it in is by doing it FIRST THING in the morning before anything else. I literally roll out of bed and GO because I can talk myself out of it – Although, I don’t think I could EVER talk myself out of it because I feel so much better about EVERYTHING when it’s done! :)
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  15. Planning, scheduling, and having shorter options available. Also I’m not opposed to having the kids play on the floor beside me while I do a workout or DVD. They’ll live…and I’ll be a better mom for getting that release. Great post!
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  16. I have yet to push the stroller this season, and I know I’m in for it once my husband stops letting me use the “this is part of my long run” card. I’m only pushing one, at that. You are awesome for taking two out!

    I agree that so much of it is about planning. I look at runs a week or two in advance and figure out when I’ll fit them in around being a mom/wife, work and teaching fitness classes. I knew this weekend would be a bear so I actually took the morning off work and got in my long run. Not something to make a habit of but it was my best option, and I’m lucky to have such a great boss.
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  17. you are absolutely right!! you have to make time for exercise. and you’re doing a fabulous job of it. I think it’s easier for those of us who like exercise (and i do!), but still – it must be a priority.

    can’t imagine pushing a double stroller – i have enough trouble with the one!

    and i also get “help” from my little one whenever I try to squeeze in some yoga – she loves to add “resistance” 😉
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    1. It does help a lot when you love to exercise. Fitting it in is a bigger priority because it’s something you look forward to. That’s why I always encourage others to find an activity they love. They’ll stick with it for the long run!

  18. I agree, you have to make the time, schedule it in otherwise it’s too easy to make excuses to skip.
    Like the 20 minute workout, going to try it when I’m short on time

  19. Oh my goodness, I could never run with a stroller – you’re awesome!

    And I agree on making time for working out. People definitely have the idea that you have to go for at least one hour at a time for a workout to be “successful.” But a one-hour slow pace on the stationary bike or elliptical is just a waste of an hour in my opinion. To cut down on time and make the most of a workout, I recommend going for a 30 minute run. Unfortunately the response I usually hear is “running is hard.” Yup, that’s the point : ) But I can’t argue too much since just a couple years ago that was me saying , “but running is too hard.”
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