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MINDBEND SparkPoints: (30,263)
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1/14/13 1:33 P

No time works for me but mornings, having so much on my plate. MWF I am up at 4:15 am and get there by 5 am when the doors open, work out, shower, head to the train station and off to work. My hubby is still home sleeping along w/the kids. I also go Sat mornings but later since my husband can stay home and watch the kids.
I absolutely hate getting up so early, but it's worth it, and it works!

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
1/14/13 11:31 A

I am up at 4:20 each weekday morning to be at the gym when the doors open for 5:00. Everything is packed and ready to go the night before. I'm at the gym until 6:30 am, and then I come home, jump in the shower and get the kids up for 7:15. Once they're out the door for school, sometimes I'll go run 3-4 miles with the dog.

I work from home, so I am blessed to be able to carve my workday out of the remaining hours of the day as I see fit.

On the weekends, I'm at the gym at 7:30 am, both days when it's possible.

I have made this a priority for a long time, and I consider it my "me time" or my "mom time" and wouldn't have it any other way!

BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,254)
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1/14/13 11:01 A

I found so many excuses Not to exercise. I sit at work on computer all day. I have my two 15 min. breaks, on which I rearranged our break rm, I walk , around the table , over and over and over. They think i'm nuts, but ya know what? I'm getting my 10,000 steps a day, they are NOT. I do my workout in evenings 2-3times a week. Early on weekends. Also if temp. is good I walk out doors. We need to stop making excuses and just get moving. If I have to pick my son up from school and if he is not ready. I get out my car and walk as many times as I can around the highschool. I have gym shoes my car, ready for when ever I need them. This year is the year I have stopped the excuses. And I feel pretty good.

QUEEN3510VA Posts: 537
1/11/13 8:30 P

do them first thing in the morning.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
1/11/13 8:15 P

The only time I have ever had a conflict with early morning exercise was when I traveled. Lack of conflicts are the major reason I exercise early in the morning. It is also when I have the best energy. Any time I have tried to do it later in the day, something came up and it never worked.

I can still work in a long walk ( 1-4 miles), and sometimes jog, where ever I am in the world. At major airports, instead of sitting and waiting for flights, I walk for 1/2 - 1 1/2 hours while waiting. On large ferry boats, I walk around them instead of sitting to talk or read.

ONELITTLEPILL SparkPoints: (69,879)
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1/10/13 3:18 P

For me, my workout time is non-negotiable. So the night before, I will take a look at my calendar/schedule for the next day and see when the best time would be. Then I mark it in. It's not always the same time of day. But I never miss...

SPIRALDOWN SparkPoints: (0)
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1/10/13 1:30 P

i workout in the evenings. Gym 3 times a week, 20 minutes every night, and a small run everyday as well

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1/10/13 1:08 P

I have to workout in the morning. I have school aged kids who play sports so my evenings are a mixture of homework, dinner and driving all over town.

I get up at 5:15am and work out until 6. It's generally about 35 minutes four times a week. Then I shower, dress and head out the door at 6:35 to start work at 7am. On the weekends and on my one day off during the week, I get up around 6:30 and do a longer workout - typically an hour or so.

TARHEELFRAN SparkPoints: (104)
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1/10/13 12:21 P

I work regular 9 to 5 hours from home and do 45 minute videos several times a week during 'lunch'. I still have trouble getting motivated to 'just do it' so my hat is off to all of you who manage to do it with busy schedules, working outside the home, commuting and children!

N16351D Posts: 2,349
1/10/13 12:18 P

Thirty years ago I realized that I was tired at night, and hours after 8 - 9 PM were not tremendously productive. I decided to go to sleep and get up early to exercise. It took several years until I could easily rise at 5 AM to fit in a five-mile run, and later on a 6 AM exercise class (after our small town opened a gym). Now, after four decades of regular exercise, and over three decades of early rising exercise, it has long been part of my lifestyle, a regular habit.

It didn't take much to figure out that no one cares what I do before around 7 - 7:30 AM. There are no meetings, no meals to get on the table, I can procrastinate housecleaning for other hours of the day, no church, social or other gatherings. When the kids were growing up, I had to get them up at 7 AM, but I would be back from exercising for 1-2 hours by then. No problem!

The hardest part was getting going and being consistent, especially on dark, cold, rainy winter mornings in the Pacific NW. But it was well worth it.

Now, at age 55, I can jog 3-6 miles when not ill or injured. I have entered a few half marathons in past years. I can swim a mile, bike half a day, do 400 sit-ups and 50 push-ups. I do Pilates and Yoga better than most women my age.

As a pilot, I am strong enough to get my plane in and out of my hangar, and do challenging maneuvers with the craft requiring strength.

I can chop and stack my own firewood if needed, and getting groceries, going up/down stairs is a breeze. I don't have to worry about my weight, just watch that I don't eat too much sugar.

Last November, my cardiologist reported that I have the heart of a teenager, after a stress echo-cardiogram to check for possible damage by a virus.

Is it tough to get up early to exercise? It sure was hard for me to make the change to rise at 5 AM instead of 6:30 AM. Was it worth the work and discipline? YOU BET!!

Many articles exist on tips to train your body to rise earlier than normal, some on this SP website. If you decide to make that switch to rise early, do it in stages, 15 - 30 minute segments at a time. Start in baby steps and work up to earlier rising, and longer workouts.

GO FOR IT! It is well worth the effort.

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1/10/13 12:00 P

My schedule isn't very busy at the moment because I was laid off from my job... so I only have to work around the kids schedules. They are both in school 2-3 days a week, and on the Tuesday and Thursday when my son is home from school, I have zumba class, so my mom meets me at the Y and will watch my son in the Early Years Centre while I go to the class.

Working out in the evening is more difficult since my husband gets home at various times in the evening and I never know ahead of time if he will be earlier or later. I have to bring the kids to all their after school activities and then cook dinner, and get them ready for bed and by that time, I'm pretty tired. Usually I will just do a little yoga in the evening, and try and get my more strenuous workouts in during the day time.

PAMULDROW2007 Posts: 702
1/10/13 11:31 A

I will push myself to do it right after my daughter goes to bed. When I get home I put on my workout clothes. So I know that I have to do that once my 4 year old is in the bed I head straight to the basement. However I am really trying to change this and work out first thing in the morning but I am not a 5am morning person emoticon

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1/10/13 11:03 A

I go before work, shower at the gym and head straight to the train stop. It can be tiring but it's the only time it works. When there is a will, the person will find a way to fit it in.

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1/10/13 10:08 A

I work from home.

ANNELIZABETH918 SparkPoints: (50,663)
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1/9/13 8:51 P

I try to go in the morning to beat the crowds and make a great start to the day!

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1/9/13 8:33 P

I go directly after work or I won't go at all :)

1/9/13 4:37 P

Back in June I started getting up an hour earlier so I could work out for 30 minutes and have breakfast at home. I thought I would be exhasuted, and some nights I do go to bed earlier but it's just what I do, and I really enjoy the quiet of the morning to myself. I get up at 5:15.

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1/9/13 1:41 P

My office is just a couple blocks away from some fantastic riverside paths, so I bring my running gear with me to work and get my workout in right after I finish up for the day. After nine hours in front of a computer I'm usually itching to be active anyway, so the motivation is there (and it helps that I can see the path from my window, so I'm staring at runners and cyclists all day long). I'll go out, do a 5-6k loop, pick up the rest of my stuff, and then head home only half an hour later than I would have normally.

It's much easier for me than trying to talk myself into it after I've gotten home and my mind is in relaxation mode.

1/9/13 1:34 P

let me start by saying it is really hard. I am a full time teacher and I tutor most nights and I don't get home until about 7 p.m. I then try to get in a workout six days a week for an hour each time. The importance is looking at it as you time. I know that can be hard because most people think of you time as relaxation time. When in fact it is a time when you take care of you. What you need to do is look at your schedule and see when you can fit in workouts. Some days you may not be able to get in a solid block of time. Remember that you can spread out workouts throughout the day. For example, you may walk during your lunch break and you can count that as part of your workout for the day.

EREBECCA SparkPoints: (4,541)
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1/9/13 1:29 P

I just do what I can - walking the little bit further to the train, doing low-impact videos in the evening: it all adds up.

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1/9/13 12:15 P

I put in on my calendar and schedule as appointments with myself. And make those nonnegotiable. If something comes up where I can't make a particular exercise appointment, I reschedule it rather than cancel it.

I worked fulltime, went to grad school fulltime, and raised 2 daughters for 2 years...and still made sure I had time to workout at least 3 days a week.

I finished with school 2 years ago, but still work fulltime, have an hour commute each way, have 2 busy kids, and have other family and home responsibilities. I now exercise 5 or 6 days per week. If I can't make it to the gym a particular day, I play a workout DVD or do some squats, lunges, pushups, etc at home.

The way I look at it is exercise makes ME stronger and more energetic to keep up with my multiple responsibilities. If I don't make that time for taking care of myself a top priority, I have a much harder time being mom, professional, wife, friend, daughter, etc.

Everyone can find a way to get some type of exercise in to your schedule, even if it's finding creative ways to multitask (stairs at work? squats while waiting for water to boil for dinner? pushups while watching TV?)

CARMELITA238 SparkPoints: (4,902)
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1/9/13 11:55 A

I work 50+ hours per week as a corporate manager, I'm the vice president of a non-profit board of directors, and I also attend graduate school full time. I have a 45 minute commute to work so I lose a valuable 1.5 hours per day driving.

Problem: Not enough hours in the day.
Solution: Kill 2 birds with one stone.
I have the option to watch my professors' lectures online or in the classroom, so I choose to watch the lectures via webcast on a tablet from a treadmill. Guaranteed 10 hours per week of time that I'm available for cardio.

I also make necessary phone calls from the treadmill. People just have to understand that sometimes I can't breathe.

Hot Pink Post-It on my laptop:
You are exercising today. No excuses. No exceptions.

LDION2005 SparkPoints: (18,565)
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1/9/13 2:03 A

Does wiggling my toes in the hot tub count? But seriously I do get up and do 15 to 30 minutes in the morning. I start with the bike (I enjoy watching morning news and drinking coffee on it) and do stretches and a few each of the exercises the PT gave me to do with walking around the basement between them, I'd do more but I get ready for the day slowly. (Recently had a knee replacement and only went back to work last week.) I have PT three afternoons a week and at least two more I get to the gym for an hour or more. I can't do the things I did over the summer yet but I do get some weights in and some core exercises now that I am free of crutches and steady on my feet. The pool is great, I'm only up to 3 laps before I ouch but even just moving in the water is helping. I put my exercise as a priority in my day because I worked too hard to be ready physically for surgery. I had a personal trainer for 14 weeks this summer so I had that appointment that I was paying for and HAD to be there. Only glitch for me now is when hubby wants a big supper that I have to supervise so I can't get to the gym. Then I hit the basement but not the same intensity as the gym.

FITME81 Posts: 1,189
1/9/13 1:43 A

My typical work week looks like this - I walk to and from work which is a total of 8km/ roughly 5 miles and I cycle my stationery bike/ elliptical for at least an hour while watching TV in the evening. I ocassionally walk for 30 minutes during lunch and fit it my strength training while watching TV. On Saturday I do stretches and Sunday is my rest day.

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1/9/13 1:24 A

This being winter, I'm not doing very much, It's partly laziness and partly I hate cold & I don't feel like it. I know that if I'm cold it can lead to injury so I take it in small doses to warm up and not overdo. On a good day, I do 10-15 in the early AM. Yoga, some stretches, and basic calisthenics.

I walk on my breaks 10 each and/or at lunch during work. I might walk the halls, go up and down stairs, or take a walk around a few blocks. Twice a week I go to my physical therapist's office and use the exercise bike, treadmill or elliptical trainer, weights, and some other things related to my specific needs and ailments.

After work some evenings I have meetings but most of those nights when I come straight home, I use my hula hoop, or play music and "dance" - nothing formal just something to keep moving. It might only be 15 minutes but once I start I usually find that if I can get past the first 5 or 10, then I might go much longer. Other days, not so much. It all counts though.

During better weather seasons I go to the local college track and walk after work. Weather permitting my DP & I go to the beach weekend mornings and walk up and down the dunes and along the sand for about an hour. Sometimes my knee is bothering me and I can't go very far but ironically, if I keep up the biking at PT, I actually do better in the long haul.

According to the experts, you can do 10 minutes 3x a day and its still 30 mintues and is good fo us. Ideally we should all move about 60 min per day including some weight lifting & aerobics 2-3 x weekly. I also count grocery shopping & running errands, and for me at work moving boxes and files. For you in might be vacuuming & other housework, & chores.

It's truly too bad that sitting and laying down don't count because I'd be a champion at those
(real koalas are very sedentary) emoticon but since that's really bad for us humans, I literally force myself to move. It has to be a priority in life & I log into SP to remind myself.

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1/8/13 11:04 P

I don't find it hard to get my work outs in because I like to exercise. I just do them when I have time during the day or if I am watching TV I just get up and start squatting or doing ab work.

I think a lot of people say to themselves, "ok I am going to work out now" like they have to be dedicated to working out right then. One can easily get in a 100 squats or lunges or jumping jacks throughout the day just doing them randomly when there is a few spare minutes.

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1/8/13 10:52 P

Well I always try my best to fit excercise into my lifestyle. Normally when I have studies coming up, I'll go for jog/walk right after Tafe. Or if im so busy that I cant excersise without ever getting late or just cancelling whatever I had planned to do, so I'll try my best to only not do any excercise on my walk days. Right now Im just glad its summer over here so it doesnt get dark till around 8-9pm so I have enough time to fit excercise into my day. =D

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1/8/13 10:26 P

walk during lunch time

SPUTNIK512 Posts: 1,730
1/8/13 10:16 P

I generally do at least 1 of 3 things: go in the morning before work, go for a walk on my lunch break, or go straight from work (I pack my gym bag and bring it with me to work).

CHERFER2 Posts: 20
1/8/13 9:22 P

Lately it's been impossible. I work a weird schedule to begin with, 10-7, but the past few weeks I'm working overtime in the mornings. So by the time I get home from work, I only really have time to eat and clean up and then go to bed. I haven't worked out during the work week for a while :( Wish I had a better answer.

MLAN613 Posts: 18,439
1/8/13 8:48 P

I go right from work to the gym.

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
1/8/13 7:31 P

I work out first thing in the morning before I go to work

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
1/8/13 5:58 P

I go straight from the gym from work, so exceptions or excuses.

BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (43,739)
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1/8/13 5:20 P

I've always been a morning exercisor. When I was working, I also got up at 4:30 every weekday. I lived about 5 miles from the gym and was in the car with coffee at 4:45. My bag was packed the night before. When I arrived, I did 1/2 hr strength training, 1/2 hr. cardio. I took a shower and dried my hair at the gym. I then traveled back home to style my hair, do makeup and get dressed. I was at work by 7:30 or 8:00. When I exercised at home, I still got up at 4:30, had a leisurely cup of coffee and started my workout at 5:00. Working out at home gave me a bit more time with my workout.

I'm retired now and don't get up as early, but I still hit the gym in the morning.

UGAKATE85 Posts: 2,630
1/8/13 4:47 P

either wake up early and go to the gym before work or exercise on my lunch break

LINWASH23 SparkPoints: (84,895)
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1/8/13 4:01 P

I do my exercise in the morning because I am a morning person. This is my time and I just do it.

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1/8/13 3:46 P

i get my workouts in by going to the gym for 2 classes a day 3 times a week and i do 25 minutes everynight at home. plus i be sure to move s much as possible. emoticon

WNT2BFITAGAIN SparkPoints: (1,898)
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1/8/13 1:46 P

If you can't seem to wake up as early for a workout, I know sometimes I don't, then try working out before you go to bed. But make sure you don't workout right after you eat, wait about 2 hours after dinner. I always sneak in a short workout during the day, even at work on my lunch break. And then on a regular break I go walking for 10-15min. Hope this helps! =)

LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,425)
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1/8/13 1:42 P

You have to develop a routine. In the summer, I like to go to the gym early in the morning. Lately it's too cold to get up. I do 10 minute video in the morning and then I go to the gym at night.

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1/8/13 1:37 P

I am definitely not a morning person, but I have started getting to the gym by 6 am M-F before work, it has been really hard, but it makes me look forward to treating myself to sleeping in on the weekends and doing an afternoon workout. The getting out of bed part really hurts, but the feeling of having your workout done is great!

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1/8/13 1:33 P

By making it a priority. In other words, by making myself a priority.

PAG41989 SparkPoints: (2,953)
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1/8/13 1:25 P

I work full time and have a 15 month old. Luckily I have a mother in law that is willing to watch my daughter later to tuesdays and thursdays so I can do my crossfit workout classes after work. The other days I get up around 530 and workout then I shower, get ready and head to work.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (191,761)
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1/8/13 1:19 P

I've gradually adapted to less sleep and get up at 4:30 every day.

1/8/13 1:14 P

I force my non-morning-person butt out of bed at 5am M-F before work. If I don't do it in the a.m., I'm 99% sure I wouldn't workout because of 20,000 other things to do after work. The sucky part is that I am the type of person who NEEDS 7-8 hours of sleep to function, so I have to be in bed ready for sleep by 8-9pm. Once you start the habit of going to sleep earlier and waking up earlier, it's your lifestyle.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
1/8/13 1:01 P

I get up around 4:30 every weekday morning to get in my workouts. After that, I get a toddler ready, lunch packed, breakfast, I make sure my 6th grader is out of bed and moving around, and when my husband comes home from the gym (also an AM exerciser, he gyms, I stay home), we're out the door for daycare/work by 7:15.

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 1/8/2013 (13:01)
BNM8704 Posts: 170
1/8/13 12:58 P

How do you fit working out in with your busy lifestyle?

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