I’m kind of the office freak. I’m tall, thin. I eat green things. I sometimes pack workout clothes, and then head out around 4pm for a run. Often a coworker will look at me in disbelief or disgust, and say something like, “I don’t know how you do it! I don’t have the energy. I just don’t have the time to work out.”
That line of…interrogation sometimes irritates me. Usually it’s said with some judgement. Some disbelief. A little bit of mean. And there’s this assumption that I just am some kid with oodles of time and that it’s easy for me to find the time to work out. I get it. I don’t have kids. I’m young. So maybe people assume that I’m just an idiot.
Well, fun fact. I work my day job. I also have jobs at 3 or 4 gyms where I teach classes. I work at Fleet Feet Raleigh when they need. And I blog. Like a decent amount. So I’m not just some idiot with time and time and time on my hands, I do actually have to work to sneak my workouts in. And trust me, these days it’s always a sneak.
But if you’re interested in figuring out how in God’s name you’re gonna make some time to work out, allow me to at least offer you a couple of suggestions for good ways to sneak in the time for physical activity that we all need to maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart, and healthy mind.
- Are you a grad/college student? Got a break between classes? Even if it’s like only a 40 minute break, use that time to put on some running shoes, and walk/run. A lot of times on Tuesdays my second year in graduate school, the only way I could ever get a workout in was to run between my second and third classes. A lot of times it meant that I got to my last class sort of sweaty, but honestly, I probably wasn’t going to show up to that class looking cute anyways so it all worked out.
- If you’re into this, wake up early. I truly hate to wake up early. I do it two or three times a week now for a Body Pump/Body Attack class, and the waking up part of it is literally the worst thing ever. I’m miserable when I first wake up, but I’m a happy gal by the end of it.
- If you’re not an early bird, pack your workout stuff with you, and sneak out of the office when you can. In my office, typically around 4 pm I can sneak out without anyone asking me too many questions. I can come back, finish some work, and generally, no one asks me a question.
- If you’ve missed the early morning, and you didn’t pack your workout clothes, do something after work. For me, sometimes that means a run. Sometimes a class. Sometimes it means getting on my bike for a few miles and cranking it out. But it makes me feel good, and as Austin says, it’ makes my dinner taste better 🙂
- For the ladies with the kids, I understand how tricky this can be. I honestly commend you for what you do. And I’m not a mom, so I don’t want to overstep my bounds and give crazy suggestions, so I’m opening this part up to the moms – Mamas, how can you sneak your workouts in and keep yourself healthy and sane? I’m really interested in hearing your thoughts on this.
So moms, kids like me – how do you sneak in your workouts?