I'm not a teacher, I'm a nurse. But I do understand being busy and trying to work out after 12 hour shifts.
First, you have already said that you will be a better teacher if you take care of yourself. So keeping that in mind: Spending time with family and friends is also about taking care of you! So is exercising. And eating well.
Try to take a real lunch break. Away from the students. A 15 minute break is not long enough to decompress let alone eat. But if that is all you can get then try to take it as a real break. You will be better for your students if you do.
Can you incorporate a bit of exercise during the day? I'm assuming that you have large covered areas in the school due to the weather. I know we do here as it gets very cold and snowy. Can you spend a recess walking quickly around a play area?
While grading papers can you use some small weights? 5#s, 10 reps each of various upper body exercises will make a difference. Gradually increase the sets.
Park as far from your classroom as you can.
Not knowing your morning routine or commute time can you either squeeze in a 30 minute aerobic workout or walk? I get up at 7am and am at work between 7:45 and 8 am. I work out in the evenings. Hubby is up at 0430 and goes to work at 7:45. He has plenty of time to workout. I've also told him he could clean house and do the cat boxes ....he doesn't seem to get it though....
A couple of other thoughts:
Can you get help with grading? Either a classroom aide or student teacher or ???
Assign less work? Just kidding!
Have students grade their own work during class? (I don't know what ELA is so forgive me if these ideas don't work).
If you live with someone, can they do some of the things that you do? Running errands or cleaning house? Or can you hire some house hold help? Let someone else dust, mop and clean bathrooms.
That's all I can think of. But small increments of exercise are effective. Just fit it in when you can.
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