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9 Ways to Squeeze in a Workout

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Here are nine ways to squeeze in a workout…

Last week I wrote a post called “Swim, Snack, Repeat” about the harsh reality of what I thought was going to be a relaxing summer.

At the end of the post I promised that I’d share my tips for scheduling a workout when you’re really busy or always have your kids with you. I said I’d have that post to you by Friday…last Friday. Ha!

Almost one week later, I finally have it for you.

If only someone would write a post for me about scheduling time for blogging…but hey, at least I’ve been getting my workouts in! #priorities

9 Ways to Squeeze in a Workout

1. Do it early. I wake up at 4:45 to start my run or strength-training session at 5:00 AM. Yes, it is hard. Yes, I have to start going to bed by 9:00 so I can keep this up. But once I’m done, I get to shower and get dressed knowing my workout is already complete. It’s a great way to set the tone for a healthy day.

2. Do it late.  This is a win-win because if I know I’m going to go for a run in the evening, I can’t drink any wine with dinner. 

3. Run laps in your backyard. I have a pretty big yard so this one wasn’t as bad as it would’ve been if I did it in my old New Jersey house. But desperate times call for desperate measures! So while my kids are playing on the swing set, I put on my headphones and run circles around my yard. I started with 15 minutes and am now up to 30 minutes each time. I can’t do much more than that because it is SO boring.

4. Schedule a workout play date with a friend. Invite your friend and her kids over and do your workout together while the kids all play.

5. Stroller workout. If having your kid(s) with you is what is holding you back from working out, DON’T LET IT! Put them in a stroller and go for a fast walk around the neighborhood. Or anywhere you are stuck with a little bit of time. Last summer I ran around the pool parking lot with my youngest in a stroller while my older kids were in swim lessons.

6. Sprints while the kids ride bikes. I am a distance runner at heart, so running for 30-50 minutes is always going to be one of my preferred forms of exercise. My trainer recently told me, though, that distance running is NOT how you bust belly fat (my current target). She recommended doing a sprint workout. Here is one I found and liked OR just head outside and do 10-12 sprints of 40 meters. Recover from each for a minute before starting to sprint again. You can do all this while your kids are riding bikes next to you!

7. Adult swim. My pool has the annoying policy of having an adult swim for fifteen minutes every single hour. If your pool has adult swim, why not ask a friend to watch your kids for 15 minutes while you swim laps?

8. On-demand workouts. When leaving your house for a workout isn’t an option, harness the power of on-demand workout videos! YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Netflix all have a huge selection of workout videos. Just search for the kind you are looking for. Some suggestions: yoga, cardio fat-blasting, ab workout, etc. Watch them on your TV or on your phone or tablet.

9. Swap child care with a friend or neighbor. One of the smartest things I did after moving into my new neighborhood was set up a playgroup with two other moms with similar-aged children. Every week we each took a day to watch all the kids while the other moms had the morning off. Try to do this with your own social group and use the time to head to an exercise class, go for a run, or ride a bike.

I know it’s so hard to get started with a workout routine, but honestly it is the best thing for my sanity and I highly recommend it. You will never regret doing a workout, but you will always regret skipping one.

And don’t forget to make sure you drink enough water!

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