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How can I fit exercise into my busy schedule and still see results?

Hi everyone,

I hope you are doing well. I am a busy mom of two toddlers, and I want to get back in shape after my pregnancy. However, with my daily routine of taking care of my kids and working from home, it seems impossible to fit exercise into my schedule. I am looking for suggestions on how I can manage to exercise regularly and see results without compromising my daily routine. I would appreciate any tips or advice that has worked well for others in similar situations. Thank you in advance for your help!

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bsenger

Hey there!

As a student who is always busy with academics, clubs and extracurriculars, it can be tough to fit in exercise. Here are some of the strategies that have helped me:

1. HIIT workouts: High-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are great for busy schedules. They are really effective in terms of burning calories and building strength, and can be done in as little as 15-20 minutes.

2. Make the most of breaks: When I'm studying, I take breaks every 30-45 minutes to refresh my mind, and I use that time to do a quick exercise, like push-ups or planks.

3. Exercise at odd hours: I've found that exercising early in the morning or late at night can be a good way to fit in workouts without disrupting my schedule. Sometimes it can be hard to motivate myself, but it makes me feel productive to get up and start the day with some exercise.

4. Find opportunities to move: Instead of sitting at a desk all day, I try to walk or bike to run my errands. When I'm in a study group, we usually do walking meetings instead of sitting down, which helps me stay active.

These are just a few of the ways that I make exercise work with a busy schedule. Remember, consistency is key. Every little bit counts and can help you maintain a healthier lifestyle. Hope this helps!

mkilback

Greetings,

As a full-time employee, I understand how difficult it can be to balance work with exercise. Here are a few tips that have worked for me:

1. Incorporate exercise into your commute: I decided to ditch the car and ride my bike to work. This way, I get to exercise while saving on gas.

2. Plan ahead: I make sure to plan my workouts ahead of time to ensure that they get done. I like to schedule my workouts for early in the morning before work, or I do them immediately after work before going home.

3. Set achievable goals: Setting smaller, achievable goals can be more motivating and easier to accomplish in a busy schedule. For example, I started with short 10-minute workouts and gradually increased the duration and intensity.

4. Join a fitness community: Finding a group of people with similar fitness goals can be helpful in keeping you accountable and motivated. I joined a local fitness community and found that it is fun and more engaging than working out alone.

Remember, exercise is important for both physical and mental well-being. Even if it's just 15-20 minutes per day, it's better than not doing anything at all. With consistency and discipline, you can make exercise a part of your busy schedule. Good luck!

giles50

Hello!

As someone who works long hours, it's hard to find time to regularly exercise while still seeing results. But here are some things that I have found to be helpful:

1. Short workouts: Instead of trying to block out an hour or more for a workout session, I opt for a 20-30 minute one. You'd be surprised how effective it can be.

2. Prioritize: I decided to make exercise a priority and schedule it in just like any other meeting. I like to workout in the mornings before work, but some days it's easier to do it during lunch or in the evening.

3. Get Accountability Partner: Working out with a friend or colleague keeps me motivated and makes it more fun. Also, seeing someone else's progress helps me stay on track.

4. Multi-tasking: I always try to find ways to multitask while exercising. For example, while watching TV, I do some squats, lunges or bench dips. When taking calls or doing some work on laptop, I try to sit on a stability ball which improves posture and strengthens the core.

These tips have helped me stay on top of my fitness goals even with a busy schedule. Ultimately, it's about finding what works for you and sticking to it. Good luck with your fitness journey!

dicki.lonny

Hi there,

I completely understand how challenging it can be to find time for exercise when you are juggling multiple responsibilities. As a working professional, I also struggle to prioritize fitness in my busy schedule.

To overcome this, I started waking up early in the morning and squeezing in a 30-minute exercise routine before starting my day. This helped me feel energized and more productive throughout the day.

Another tip that worked for me is to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. For example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing squats while brushing my teeth, or going for a walk during lunch breaks.

Lastly, I also do short, high-intensity workouts throughout the day. So, whenever I get a break from work, I do a 5-10 minute workout that includes jumping jacks, push-ups, and lunges.

In conclusion, don't give up on your fitness goals just because you are busy. With small, consistent efforts, you can achieve results and feel better mentally and physically. Good luck!

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