Workout Tips

8 Ways to Get In a Workout on a Busy Schedule

No excuses. Use these strategies to get in a good workout no matter how busy you are.


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For many, finding the time to work out can be a challenging task. Between work and family responsibilities, a daily trip to the gym can be tough going. That doesn’t mean you still can’t get in a good muscle building workout. You’ve just got to be a little creative when it comes to your exercise regimen. 

Your goal should be to initiate more movement and slowly incorporate more intense exercise. Take pride in the workouts you get done. Any movement is beneficial to your health and each time you show the initiative to exercise, you are modeling healthy behavior for your children and spouse. 

Here are 8 strategies you can use to get your heart pumping and muscles working each day, no matter how busy life gets.  

1. Calm Before the Storm

Mornings can be rough with little ones. As a parent, I find this to be the best time to exercise, though. Pre plan and prepare breakfast the night before. Wake up 30-minutes early and get a quick 20-30 minute workout done. The energy boost you get from exercising and becoming more fit will more make-up for the lost 30-minutes of snooze time, plus you’ll move faster and with greater clarity.


2. Commercial-cizing

Can’t miss your favorite TV show or the big game? Instead of sitting on the couch with your favorite snack food, mix up a tasty branch chain amino acid blend and exercise during commercials. Use bands, dumbbells or your body weight and select a quick exercise circuit. Every commercial, do as many reps or exercises as you can. In a 30-minute sitcom, you can get up to 9-minutes of exercise in.

3. The Night Cap

Full day of work, running the kids, making dinner. You’re exhausted. Fight the urge to hunker down. Choose a workout to help you unwind. It can be on a treadmill, a body weight circuit, dumbbells or bands. If you have a hard time settling down from night time workouts, do something calming like yoga or stretching. Even better, use the burst of energy for time with your partner, which is probably much needed.

4. Practice Pump-Up

If you’re at a rec center or park during your kid’s sporting event use the available resources. Many times practices their are an hour or longer. A devoted parent could use the first half of practice to get a good half hour training session and still have the ability to watch their child the last part of practice.