“I Don’t Have Time”



  • Get up 30 minutes early to workout.
  • Ask your partner/spouse to make breakfast in the morning while you fit in a workout before work.
  • If you go out for lunch with coworkers every day, reduce it to 3x a week and spend 2 days going for long walks during lunch.
  • Instead of having friends over for beer and board games, organize a touch football or friendly soccer game.
  • Jump rope with your kids.
  • Take your kids to the park and while they play, do squats, lunges and jumping jacks.
  • If your kids are in swim lessons, spend those 30 minutes swimming laps in the lane next to them.
  • Look at your TV watching habits. Is there one show you can eliminate to fit in some fitness?
  • Watch TV and workout at the same time.
  • Get a bike trainer for your living room.
  • Swap babysitting with another mom so you can go to the gym a few times a week.
  • Run at lunch time.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator everywhere you go.
  • Do squats while you’re on the phone. Even at work!
  • Bike to work. Saves time by combining commutes AND fitness!
  • Have a set of free weights in your cubicle and do exercises during your break times. That adds up to 30 minutes a day!
  • Play tag with your kids and run around like a kid!
  • Do your school readings while on the elliptical or bike trainer!
  • While your kids are at soccer or football practice, walk the track with another mom/dad.
  • While your kids are at sports practice, run the stadium stairs.
  • Start a “Biggest Loser” contest with coworkers to stay motivated.
  • Go for hikes on the weekends with the family. Quality time + fitness = smart!
  • Keep your gym bag in the car and go straight to the gym after work. Avoid stopping at home.
  • Join a running group near work.
  • Wake up 15 minutes early to jog with your dog before work.
  • Speed walk to the store when you just need to pick up a few things.
  • Start your morning with push-ups and sit-ups.
  • Be a Weekend Warrior!
  • Instead of meeting friends for happy hour, meet them for power walks in a park.
  • Change your workouts with the seasons–in summertime, bike. In winter, snowshoe. In spring, train for a 5k. In Fall, go for a hike to see the fall colors.
  • Go dancing on Friday night.

QUESTION: How do you fit in fitness when you don’t have time?

10 Responses

  1. For me there is no such thing as not having time for fitness. I take my gym clothes with me to work and go to the gym before coming home. I have to drive past it anyway! I spend 45min – an hour there and ‘miss out’ on an hour of late afternoon TV. Not really much of a loss, is it?

    1. YES!!! I pack my gym bag in my car and go right from work. If I went home, I’d sit on the couch and never go to the gym. And you are right, I’ve never “missed out” on anything by going to the gym.

  2. I Facebook standing up, to burn more calories…heh.

    No, but yeah: I love wearing my kid in the Moby wrap, but it means I have to stand, so I’m on feet a lot during the day. Also means whenever I have to bend over and pick something up off the floor, I’m doing squats! All day workout! Okay, it’s not much, but it’s one tiny way that I can try to stay active even when i’m home with the baby. (Oh, and when she naps, I can throw in a Jillian DVD on mute!)
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    1. Do you use your baby as a free weight and do lifts and lunges too?! ROCKSTAR!

      Seriously though, babysitting for a friend recently reminded me just how MUCH of a workout kids are. Good lord were my arms tired after that day.

  3. This is a great post! When the weather is nice I add to the walk to and from taking my son to school – many times a half hour walk is not going to impact my day. Weather has been so nice I’ve even gotten in some after dinner walks with neighbors.

    1. Walking is a great way to fit some fitness in. That’s one of the reasons I love walking during my lunch break at work. You are lucky to be having nice weather right now. It’s pouring rain here in Oregon.

  4. AMEN! This was HUGE for me! So I actually started getting “minutes” in here or there… Then I committed to 20 minutes in one shot…. And what I learned was that I do have time – that it was about choice – and really – I needed to quit the bullshit. Yep…. I was full of it.
    Really? No time to prepare food? No time to walk a mile to work? My GAWD! How did I get so twisted?
    Love this….. lots of ways to squeeze in the minutes!
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