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LDAVENPOR4 SparkPoints: (29,233)
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10/10/13 5:49 P

I exercise first thing in the morning before I have time to think about not doing it; then it's done. emoticon

GRACILU Posts: 466
10/10/13 5:01 P

I've read all the comments and they are wonderful insight for me who hasn't been on top of my game workout wise for a few months. Thanks for the message board! Now I am motivated to take a walk in my beautiful neighborhood.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 15,819
10/4/13 1:30 P

you also could see if there is something you all could do together as a family, maybe on the weekends.

CEILTHEQUEENBEE SparkPoints: (960)
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10/4/13 1:22 P

Ok, so five minute walks, lunges while standing around waiting, suck it up and get up earlier, find something I enjoy, workout during commercials, aim for consistency, but don't feel guilty when I don't just don't have time.
Well, I'll try...

LULUCALLY SparkPoints: (18,410)
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10/4/13 1:06 P

I had the same problem: time. So I forced myself to get up early to walk the dogs. It began as a fifteen minute walk around the block, three times a week. Now I walk every day for a half hour to an hour, or I run. Sometimes I get up super early to run three miles, then I walk the dogs after. I love it. It all began as something had to I force myself to do, now it is part of my routine, and I get up early enough to do it.

KB42ANDFIT SparkPoints: (5,004)
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10/4/13 12:59 P

Find something you really like to do because it will make it easier to find the time. I like to exercise between work and going home for several reasons: 1. sometimes it's too hard to get back out of the house, and 2. it keeps me busy during my Danger Zone for snacking.

I LOVE my jazzercise classes and miss them when I get too busy. If you don't love it, it's too easy to find reasons (excuses) not to do it.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (181,602)
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10/4/13 12:43 P

I never said you need to go and run 10 miles. My point being is if something as big as 10 miles needs to be done, and if there's a will, there's a way.

RJNICHOLS SparkPoints: (0)
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10/4/13 10:22 A

You don't have to do the 30 minutes all at once. It can be broken into 5-10 minute segments. I try to add a small walk around the parking lot while waiting for the kids to get out of school or activity. Anything that gets you moving is going in the right direction.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 15,819
10/4/13 9:09 A

leg lifts while waiting for coffee, microwave or copier. taking stairs instead of elevator at work. doing 5 mins of walking every hour can help you both mentally and physically. set an alarm on your computer to remind you.

OAKDALE41 Posts: 973
10/4/13 9:06 A

When my kids were really young I had the same issues. There just isn't a lot of time for you to work out. I get it. My father used to tell me I needed to exercise and my answer to him was "i would do it when I had time at 2:00am" (sarcastic). Now that my kids are a bit older (16 and 13) they are much more independent. I don't have to sit there and help them with their homework and when I take them to their after school activities I don't have to sit and watch them. I change into my running gear and head out from wherever they are for about 45 mins. I am also now able to get in a long workout on the weekends when they tend to sleep in and spend a good part of the day on computers.

My advice to you is just do what you can now in terms of exercise but really use the time to adjust your eating and enjoy your kids. They don't stay young forever. You will find more time as they grow.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (42,909)
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10/4/13 8:44 A

There is definitely plenty that you can do in 10 minutes :) Or at the end of your night when you have your "you" time, if that involves watching tv, then give yourself a list of exercises to do during commercials.

CEILTHEQUEENBEE SparkPoints: (960)
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10/4/13 8:26 A

That's an idea. I could start out at just ten minutes a day instead of thirty. Then maybe I won't feel like I'm failing if I don't get in a full half hour. I could walk up the stairs at lunch emoticon Blah, I wouldn't enjoy it much but maybe. Five minute yoga stretches while coffee is brewing in the morning?

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (103,622)
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10/4/13 7:52 A

Make a commitment to exercise for 10 minutes every other day for the next 2 weeks. Is that doable to start off with? I don't think 10 miles is feasible but 10 minutes is! There are lots of 10 minute routines you can do here on Spark in the Fitness section or you can find tons of videos on youtube to do with minimal equipment. Or just walk out your front door for 5 minutes, then turn around and come home.

Set this goal and a non-food reward for accomplishing it. For example, if you exercise every other day for 2 weeks, at the end you get yourself a pedometer or trashy magazine that you'll enjoy. Make it fun! Make it reasonable and achievable too.

10 minutes a day might not seem like a lot or enough but it's a GREAT way to start.

CEILTHEQUEENBEE SparkPoints: (960)
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10/4/13 7:34 A

Yes, my husband is amazing. he works at 5am and is home at 715am. He takes the kids to school, goes back to work for three hours, picks up kids and shuttles them to dance and hockey. He also does the majority of the housework. I'm up at 6 and I'm not planning on going for a ten mile run anytime soon. I doubt I'd make it one mile! Any other ideas?

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (181,602)
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10/4/13 12:03 A

do you have a partner/husband/wife to help you with stuff? You shouldn't have to do everything yourself.

But sometimes, for me, if it means getting up at 4 am so I can run 10 miles..then that's what I gotta do.

CEILTHEQUEENBEE SparkPoints: (960)
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10/3/13 10:22 P

Its everything I can do to get myself and the kids presentable and out the door on time in the mornings. I work all day (sitting on my butt), come home, make dinner, help with homework, bedtime routines, and then maybe have a hour to myself to unwind. Typical working mom stuff. I'm supposed to be getting 30 min of exercise a day. Hahaha!
All I can think of is that I need 5 or 10 min "routines" that I can squeeze in whenever. Ideas?

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