Making It Work: Part II

by Heather

Last week we talked about ways to “make it work”- specifically how to keep up with healthy eating even in the midst of a chaotic and busy life. Now it’s time to talk about the other half of the equation: exercise.

Here are a couple different strategies to try:

First Things First

Exercise in the morning before you start your day. Some people aren’t morning exercisers, but if it’s already done, other things can’t get in the way.

Do Something Small

I try to start most mornings with a  walk around the neighborhood. It’s not far- maybe a mile- and doesn’t take much time. I know as soon as I sit down to check my email, it could be hours before I get up again. This way, if my workout gets pushed off, at least I’ve done something to get the blood flowing.

Squeeze It In

There’s no difference between 30 minutes of exercise and 10 minutes of exercise 3 times a day. 10 minutes before breakfast, 10 minutes at lunch time, and 10 minutes before dinner give you your fill. Grab a set of handweights and pump out a few sets, do some jumping jacks or push ups, or go for a walk. Just be sure to warm up adequately so you don’t get hurt.

hand weights

Write It Down

If you check your calendar as many times a day as I do, you’re probably going to see if you have a some gym time planned. Seeing it and planning for it help you make it happen.

schedule workouts

Make a Plan

I do beset when I’m training for something because the consequences for skipping too many workouts are more tangible. You don’t have to be actually training for something to take this approach- set a goal, pick a date, and come up with a plan. I’ve used the same approach for strength training as I do for a race- if I didn’t lift 3 times a week, I knew I’d never increase my strength or up my weights.

Form a Routine

The more consistent you can be, the easier it is to stick with it. Many people operate on a routine- there’s a specific time they get up in the morning, come home from work, eat dinner, etc. Add exercise to that routine to help you keep it up even when things get busy.

Take a Class/Recruit a Buddy

Knowing spin class is every Wednesday at 7 can help you get there even when you’re tempted not to. It helps you plan around your workout time, and seeing other people in class can help motivate you to go. Having a workout buddy- someone you meet for a walk, you go to a class with, or you meet at the gym- helps keep you accountable too. You may ditch your own workout for a wimpy excuse, but you probably wouldn’t ditch your friend unless it was important.

sign up for gym class

Pay for a Class/Membership

Prepay for a month of yoga classes or boot camp, etc. If you’ve already paid upfront, the chances of you making it to that class are pretty good. Winking smile


How do you stay on track?


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

JDaniel4's Mom October 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm
I so need to make the time for this. I stumbled this post.
Heidi October 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm
I love reading advice from other bloggers, it's incredibly re-invigorating especially when you feel like you're in a slump :) But these ideas? Are just the inspiration i needed :)
Shay October 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm
I just started doing the 10 minute routine bit. As my schedule gets more jammed pack, it's hard to do a full 45-60 minute workout routine. But doing 10 minutes here or there totally works. And I think studies show you burn more calories by breaking it up than just doing one long!
Kristl Story October 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm
I'm a "get it done first thing in the morning gal!" It's just become part of my routine! My other advice is to change it up, so you don't get bored.
Maureen | Tatter Scoops October 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm
Thank you for this! I've been falling behind on my morning power walking and it's so hard to get back to it again.
Marnie November 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Great tips, thanks for the ideas!

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