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CKAYTHOMAS SparkPoints: (280,821)
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3/11/14 9:58 P

I do squats and calf raises while drying my hair!

3/11/14 7:04 P

I go food shopping a few times a week and always take two tote bags with me. I balance the two with the goods I get and do simple arm curls and put the bags down often to put items in. Getting up gives you a squat and today - nice workout as I bought lots lol

J2740LOU SparkPoints: (294,473)
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3/11/14 5:12 P

Do the best with the time you have. Park the car at the farthest spot in the parking lot. Use the stairs. After lunch go for a walk in the time you have left. Get a Buddy.

NMNEWWMN Posts: 120
3/11/14 3:26 P

Check out the 4 minute tabata workouts.

SCOTLA Posts: 4,940
3/11/14 2:06 P

Today, the hubster and I had nothing, we made the most of the time we found...we went to the beach and walked the shore for 6 miles.

KNEEMAKER SparkPoints: (104,663)
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3/11/14 12:06 P

Too busy, then slow down

WRITERYVONNE SparkPoints: (55,880)
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3/11/14 11:48 A

Whenever possible, stand and move, don't sit. Sure this will drive other people in your meeting a little crazy, but maybe you'll all get done a little more quickly!

CDCSMITH2013 Posts: 1,468
3/11/14 11:19 A

Most days I wouldn't work out if I didn't do it first thing in the morning. Since I have to be punched in at my job at 5:30, that means getting up around 3am. If you don't feel safe running in the dark (I wouldn't - my area has no side walks, snow still on the road sides, and itsn't well lit), find something else you can do (if you can't go to a gym). Maybe it's a dvd or a phone app. It can be done, you just might have to juggle your schedule a bit.

L*I*T*A* SparkPoints: (552,428)
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3/11/14 9:58 A

make an appointment with yourself................

STARMONICA SparkPoints: (188,459)
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3/11/14 9:24 A

use small time to move your body, more walking step floor......

WALLINMW SparkPoints: (300,356)
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3/11/14 8:45 A

Find the time!

THEIS58 SparkPoints: (154,727)
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3/11/14 8:43 A

List is a must, so is scheduling everything, including exercise and time for self

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (484,135)
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3/11/14 7:03 A

Definitely have to make a list

TIMEHASCOME56 SparkPoints: (112,323)
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3/11/14 6:54 A


TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 5,292
3/11/14 5:46 A

best time for me is in the mornings. :-)

SHOOPETTE SparkPoints: (89,216)
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3/11/14 3:45 A

Planning planning planning!

MCMARTI26 SparkPoints: (30,243)
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3/9/14 3:34 P

Useful tips? none that have not been mentioned.

Whoever, I am sending ALL of you my admiration. You have kids at home, busy schedules, 2 jobs, countless errands, get up before 5 am (I am not a morning person) and still are doing all the right things for you.

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We can do this,

Carolina M.

Edited by: MCMARTI26 at: 3/9/2014 (15:35)
FEISTYFLAMES SparkPoints: (16,309)
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3/7/14 5:01 P

I usually take 10 minutes in the morning to decide what exercises I want to do that evening. Then I see how much time I need to carve out into my schedule. I make sure I get most of my errands done, then I take a break for "me time" . On the weekends I make sure to fit in a larger workout (at least 1 hour) and then two walks and possibly a swim. During the week I know that I usually have maybe 30 minutes to 1 hour to myself.

3/5/14 9:38 P

Planning ahead and prepping meals and snacks on the weekends is a huge help in keeping me on track. And I always try to track my meals and snacks the night before.

BRENDAB49 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/5/14 3:34 P

I usually get up during the week at 430-5a. I get in some kind of workout for 30 min. if I don't get one in before work I do one during my hour lunch. I have learned that cooking at least two meals during the weekend also helps me out during the week with my time. I work two jobs and I am on the move until 7pm Tuesday-Thursday on Monday my days end at 930 and on Friday it is up in the air. The weekend depending on what week it is can start at 7 and end at 10. So I have do what I can when I can. When I do slow down on Sundays after church I sleep and take time for me.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

WHEELS54 Posts: 492
3/4/14 3:30 P

useful ideas, thanks

NINNERZ07 SparkPoints: (1,308)
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3/4/14 8:48 A

I work 5am to 6pm Monday through Friday, so I usually do my grocery shopping on the weekends and prep everything into individual servings on Sunday nights so my snacks/lunches are a breeze to pack during the week. This has been a tremendous help! I’ve noticed that on the Sundays when I don’t do this, by the end of the week I’ll find myself going out for lunch or turning to the quick processed junk.
Fitness-wise I get up an extra 20mins early and do a couple of sets of floor exercises and then go for a 10-15 minute walk around the block on my lunch break. That way if I don’t make it to the gym after work, I still will have done something.
I also always keep a packed gym bag in the car so that I’m ready for a workout anytime.

GENRE009 SparkPoints: (33,419)
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3/3/14 2:37 P

Always plan your meals, and keep healthy snack on you. Dn't eat quick processed foods. cause those set you up for illnesses down the line. those come quicker than you think, and may not be reveriable.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,617
3/3/14 10:27 A

You're a student, probably college? Run in the time you have between classes.

3/2/14 1:10 P

Meal planning is the best thing I've started doing. We get paid once a month and making the grocery budget last in a healthy way can be very challenging. Buying in bulk and picking up fresh produce every other week is the only way we can stick to eating healthy when stocks start to run low.

DHSEKERKE Posts: 940
3/2/14 11:47 A

I like the TAG message too ; ) Even if you're not a 'busy' person to the world, we can all use whatever help we can get in making our program easiest to follow. When I cook, I cook extra portions for other days and either freeze them or store them in the freezer. It saves time. It saves money - I don't have to rely on my old backup of 'healthy' frozen meals for nights when I just couldn't cook because of my health. I don't have to spend the money eating out. Cooking ahead frees up time to squeeze in other parts of my program on days when I AM busy.

49ADAMS Posts: 409
3/1/14 2:16 P

my advice is what I do is I get up a little earlier than I would normally do I do approx 1/2 hour of floor excercieses just enought oget my heart pumpping and I feeel great for the estof the day. I was up at 3 am this morning doing a few then at 4 my day started I have been cleaning my house up to the time i logged on this site.

EDELL1957 SparkPoints: (31,990)
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2/27/14 10:03 P

I like TAG, thanks for sharing

SCCRSTTR2 Posts: 19
2/27/14 9:11 P

Don't hate on the treadmill. There is this series called Runervals (there is also a Spinervals) which is fantastic and makes it super fun!

SMILILY Posts: 172
2/27/14 8:04 P

I schedule my exercise right after my TAG time at 5:55 every morning. Since I am already up, I put in the time. Otherwise, my day flies by and I didn't have time for exercise. I have just started this routine so I pray I can keep it up. BTW, if anyone was curious, TAG time is Time Alone with God. My devotional and praise time before the day begins. emoticon

EDELL1957 SparkPoints: (31,990)
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2/27/14 7:31 A

great tips, that is defintly something that I have to work on.

2/26/14 10:08 P

I've been cooking a healthy meal for dinner with some extra, and then when I'm cleaning up I make myself containers with proper portions for lunch the next day. The leftovers have to get packed up anyway, and this saves me time in the morning. It also saves me money and calories since I used to buy unhealthy lunches everyday instead.

LWARD8447 SparkPoints: (49,766)
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2/26/14 1:58 P

I am up at 4:30am every morning for 30-45 minutes of either strength training or cardio using DVDs.

For motivation, I think of the Sparkpeople poster that says "no matter what time it is, somebody busier than you are is exercising." Or something like that.

I also like a picture of a guy relaxing on a couch. The caption is "no matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch."

EDELL1957 SparkPoints: (31,990)
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2/26/14 1:34 P

I just started to take care of myself again. I work for a College and we have a real nice Gym with showers etc. Day two walking on the treadmill for 45 minutes at 4mph. That just gives me enough time for shower and off I go.

As I never know what to do with my lunch hour. To far from everything to run errands. So I work out and eat lunch at desk after my workout

NIKKISC2014 Posts: 18
2/25/14 10:24 A

I'm up at 430 every day to get my am workout in. For me it's the only time I can fit my intense workouts in without adding stress or time crunches to myself. I do go to a 24/7 gym - but that's the only way to do it in winter months (: when it's warm I run to the gym (it's only a few miles from my home) and I do my strength training then run home. Run on main roads that are well lit and have consistent traffic. Wear bright clothing and a whistle. I've never had problems w safety, but I'm prepared should it happen.

MMFAREJ13 Posts: 256
2/25/14 10:07 A

I agree with the previous posters, try to re-arrange your schedule if you really want to get it in, depending on where you are, the sun is rising a few minutes earlier every day... I pack a salad in the evening and don't have any issues with soggy things, If I do pack anything that may get soggy, I put it in a small seperate contianer ready for me to put together at lunch. Maybe you can't fit in an hour of running every day, but, that doesn't mean it won't be beneficial!

CICELY360 Posts: 4,140
2/22/14 2:39 P

Walk everywhere you can walk and use exercise DVDs with short workouts.

2/21/14 6:47 P

Invest in a bunch of small-sized containers for packing your lunches. I do that a lot where I'll prep up a few days worth of just the greens for the salads, fruits and veggies mixed in another contaier, portioned to a single salad, then package dry toppings separately, and little tiny cups for the dressing on the side. It's like having my own mix-and-match salad bar in the fridge, I only have to do the prep twice a week, and by taking the components individually packed, the salads themselves are always crisp and fresh when I mix everything together at the meal time. (it only adds maybe two minutes to the actual time I spend on lunch, too.)

You can do this for wraps and other lunches too, and it really helps being able to just worry about making the actual lunches once or twice in the week. (if you play your ingredient cards right, you can leave the items that stay freshest longest for the meals at the end of the week, and only have to spend one night packing up your lunch kits.)

that frees up a lot of time in the mornings when all you have to do is put a few items that are already portioned and planned into a bag, and maybe wrap your shell or bread on the side.

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
2/21/14 10:01 A

Take small breaks and walk, walking 10 minutes 3 times a day is 30 minutes of walking.
If you are at a computer all day, stand up every hour and do some type of exercise at your desk.

2/20/14 3:50 P

They have a lot of products to help with safety for runners. Pepper spray grips, reflectors, ID tags, etc.

I understand the safety concern - I honestly wouldn't run at dark either. I'd be too paranoid. Do you have a friend (maybe a guy friend) that could run with you?

Otherwise I think your best bet is to be as prepared as possible the night before (even if you're too tired to do anything after softball - I understand that tired feeling, I did competitive soccer 5 nights a week for years), and make sure all your chores are done and everything is ready to go in the morning so that you can run at 7:00.

Do what you can with what you have where you're at! emoticon

2/20/14 1:48 P

Some days I might be able to, but other days I make collard wraps/salads/sandwiches and I wouldn't want them to get soggy! Great suggestion though!!

ZBMORGAN Posts: 782
2/20/14 11:28 A

It's also possible to buy cardio videos to do in the morning.... Just 20 minutes of a kickboxing video or even the sparkpeople cardio videos is better than nothing, and can be done before sunrise!

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (41,264)
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2/20/14 9:06 A

Sometimes it just takes re-vamping your schedule a little bit to make room for a workout! What about packing your lunch at night before you go to sleep and crossing one chore off of your list?

2/19/14 8:08 P

I just don't want to run in the dark for safety reasons! I might wake up extra early, get all my chores done/pack my lunch and then run at 7 when the sun is up and just take a quick shower afterward!

RHOOK20047 SparkPoints: (329,257)
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2/19/14 6:54 P

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Most days I do my running at work at lunch time. We have a large 5 mile trail around our complex, so when I feel up to it, I tackle that.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,157)
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2/19/14 12:59 P

I agree with previous posters. Most of my runs are before dawn. I wear reflective gear and although I am not a morning person at all, I really like that feeling of accomplishment so early in the day.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (172,568)
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2/19/14 11:35 A

I run at 5 and 6 am year round..only on weekends, holiday and race day do I ever run in daylight.

I dress in bright colours, run defensively. I do not own a headlamp.

2/19/14 8:18 A

I play softball, and we don't do a whole lot of running or cardio. If I quit my 10k program I'd just lose my progress.

MLAN613 Posts: 16,750
2/19/14 8:01 A

Yes, running in the dark can be very practical if that's the only time you can. Buy a headlamp, get a reflective vest, and get up earlier.

On another note, are you sure you need to do the 10k plan if you're already doing sports 5 days a week?

2/19/14 6:56 A

Hey everyone! I'm a full time student and I play sports 5 days a week until 6pm. As you can imagine, by the time I get home it's typically dark out and I'm tired and hungry. I've been doing Hal Higdon's 10k program and I really want to keep up but I have no time/energy when I get home. I've thought about running in the morning but the sun comes up at 7 and I have to leave by 815, so it's not very practical! I would also like to avoid the treadmill if possible! Any suggestions or tips is really appreciated!! (:

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