7 tips for finding time to exercise

How to find time to exercise in a busy life

Like many of you I have a life that feels full. Full of the wonderful, demanding and chaotic time with my family, full of the mundane  housework and shopping, full of amazing friends with whom I can spend some precious adult time. I am fortunate to currently be on maternity leave but soon the pressures and commitment that come with work will intensify the demands on my time.

I am lucky to have all these things clamouring for my time. I may not always feel this when I’ve been up at night with a grumpy baby, trying to cook dinner and entertain a toddler who often needs a potty trip at inopportune moments, but I am grateful that life challenges me to balance so many things on a daily basis.

Finding time to exercise is just another of the challenges resultant from a busy life .

Actually this is a two-part challenge – firstly motivation to exercise is required ( I find this motivation occasionally goes into hiding somewhere under a pillow, much as I would like to after a bad nights sleep).

Secondly, I need time to put this motivation into practice.

I’ll be looking at motivation to exercise later this week, but here are some practical ways to exercise when time is very precious.

7 tips for finding time to exercise

1. Short workouts at home: As the name of my blog implies just finding ‘ten minutes spare’ is often enough to achieve something worthwhile. When I am really struggling to find adequate time I do a ten minute exercise routine that doesn’t require any equipment at home.

2. Exercise DVDs: I’ve already written a little about my experience of learning Pilates at home using exercise DVDs. There are also numerous youtube videos to keep you motivated without needing to attend a gym class.

3. Early morning exercise: At the moment my precious sleep is frequently interrupted by baby Pumpkin so there is little chance of me voluntarily getting out of bed before he is awake. Mr R, however, often does a workout first thing in the morning before the chaos commences for the day.

4. Easily accessible exercise equipment:  Mr R has a bar for pull-ups over a door frame in our house. Glamorous it may not be, not practical and easily accessible it certainly is!

5. Running: I do find that this is one of the most time efficient ways to exercise, its quicker to simply on a pair of trainers and get out the door than to attend a gym. It’s also possible to go whenever you have a spare moment rather than struggling to make a timed class or group.

6. Cycling to work: I am currently on maternity leave but Mr R cycles to work once a week.

7. Walking: I walk on a daily basis, usually pushing a heavy double pushchair. This is not something I would have considered exercise pre-children, but I do now count it as physical exertion. Extra credit if done with a shopping-laden pushchair, one-handedly, whilst clutching a toddlers hand, with a baby strapped to the chest (yes I have done this…on more than one occasion)

Exercise as a new Mum brings extra challenges. Your body has undergone immense changes and it is advisable to wait until after the 6 week post-natal check before commencing a formal exercise regime. Once you have the go-ahead to start working-out the following are some of the options for exercising with a baby.

  • ‘Bring your baby’ exercise classes: There are often local classes organised for Mummies where baby’s can be brought into the exercise room. There are also some classes where babies can be worn in slings
  • Gyms with crèche facilities
  • Outdoor classes where you can exercise with a buggy
  • Home workouts with your baby. I have enjoyed reading the baby wearing workout from breaking muscle.com. I have never personally done any formal exercises whilst baby-wearing, but simply carrying your baby is in itself a form of exercise.

I am constantly inspired by some of my amazing friends and acquaintances who have achieved fantastic exercise and health related goals in their busy lives. Later this week I will be writing about motivation to exercise, which consists of having goals and inspiration. I am blessed to have both reasons to want to remain physically fit and to be surrounded by inspiration.

30 Second Summary: Finding time and motivation to exercise can be a challenge. Here are 7 tips for fitting exercise into a busy life.

Please do let me know if you have any tips for how you manage to find time to exercise in your life when things are busy? I always enjoy reading your comments.

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20 thoughts on “7 tips for finding time to exercise

  1. Mrs Puddleducky March 25, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    I’ve recently taken up running as I find it easier and quicker to nip out the door for 20 mins than get in the car to go to the gym. Love the trainers!


    • tenminutesspare March 25, 2015 / 10:51 pm

      Yes that’s exactly what I find too… We even have a gym just a few minutes walk away but it’s still quicker just to run out the door!

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  2. Lisa@intotheglade March 25, 2015 / 11:01 pm

    Ahhhh!!! I feel like you know that I have sat and blogged instead of running tonight. I promise I will get up extra early and do it tomorrow 😂😂😂 I am feeling guilty and then read this – spooky! I love your trainers too, did you have you gait checked when you bought them? X


    • tenminutesspare March 26, 2015 / 8:31 am

      😄 I’m definitely guilty of struggling to balance writing and working out at the moment too! No the trainers are nothing fancy and I didn’t get gait checked for them… Maybe something I should do next time I buy a pair? X


  3. MummaMcD March 26, 2015 / 10:53 am

    Great tips, I’ve been struggling to fit in exercise with two toddlers and working 3 days – although I do push the heavy double pram around a lot! I’ve just joined a gym that is open very early until very late, and it also has a crèche… fingers crossed this is the answer!


    • tenminutesspare March 26, 2015 / 10:37 pm

      Oh two little ones and a three day working week is tough. I’m not sure how I’ll manage back at work. Good luck at the gym!


  4. Urban Mumble March 26, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    Great tips! It goes to show that if you want to find the time, you will find the time. Most people don’t want it enough.. Besides exercise makes you so more efficient and energised that boost totally makes up for the time “wasted” working out.

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    • tenminutesspare March 26, 2015 / 10:39 pm

      Yes you’re right half the battle is finding the motivation … The time issue is just another complication. I do agree I definitely feel more energetic when I’m exercising regularly.


  5. Urban Mumble March 26, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    Great tips! It goes to show that if you want to exercise you will find the time. Besides the boost of efficiency and energy you get out of working out makes up for the time “wasted” working out.


    • tenminutesspare March 29, 2015 / 10:07 am

      Thanks! Yes I do feel more productive after I’ve exercised! Xx


    • tenminutesspare March 26, 2015 / 10:41 pm

      Yes I’ve only just discovered them but so helpful! It’s also great not being restricted to any particular time of class and just to be able to work out when you have the time.

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    • tenminutesspare March 27, 2015 / 10:14 pm

      Thank you! Yes the bring your baby classes are brilliant up until the little ones get mobile! X


  6. Honest Mum March 27, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    Ooh love this, so inspiring. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x


    • tenminutesspare March 27, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Thanks so much! I have to say I always find lots of inspiration at the brilliant blogposts linky! X


  7. Dragons And Fairy Dusts March 27, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Great idea, I find it hard to find time to exercise but now run the dog instead of walking him


  8. WhatLauraLoves March 28, 2015 / 12:45 am

    Some great ideas here, I agree with your hubby about getting exercise out of the way on a morning, thats what I do and it suits me really well xxx


    • tenminutesspare March 29, 2015 / 10:06 am

      I do wish I could but I’m definitely prioritising sleep at the moment! Although if I’m completely honest I was never a huge fan of morning exercise even pre kids! X


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