Guest Post: Tips for Working Out When You “Have No Time”

Oh boy.  I have to admit, this blog post by Tiffany hit me.  I am constantly using the excuse that I just don’t have time to work out. Between kids, homeschool, work and everything else that I try to keep balanced I’ve been putting my physical health on the back burner a bit.  I keep thinking I have to do long, intense workout for “working out” to count, but Tiffany points out how false this mentality is.  Her article has some great tips for us busy mom’s, and anyone really.  After reading this article, you won’t be able to use the “time” excuse any longer….and either can I. (dang it.)

Tips for Working Out when you Have “No Time”

Tiffany Meiter

How often have you said, “I just don’t have the time to work out.” It’s the most common excuse I hear. If you are saying this more often than not, then maybe you need to work on making it a bigger priority in your routine. Below are some tips for getting a workout in when you have a busy schedule.

Schedule Your Workout

Take a look at your schedule and figure out the best time of day for you to get a workout in and how long you have available. Having a consistent schedule will help you and your family know when you will be unavailable for a bit.

Do your Workout First

If possible get your workout in first. Whether this means in the morning before work, kids, and errands. Or right when you get home from work before dinner, housework, and TV time. That way it is out of the way and it was made your priority. Housework and TV can wait.

Change the All Or Nothing Mindset

If you had an hour scheduled to do a workout but something came up, it doesn’t mean you need to avoid it all together. Shorten it, even 5 minutes is better than nothing. Do a no equipment type workout where you can save time “getting ready.” Just do some squats or push ups while cooking dinner or watching the kids. Anything you can squeeze in is better than nothing.

Make Working Out a Family Activity

If you have a hard time getting a workout in alone at times then have some Family activities ready to keep you active. Chase a ball in the yard or go to the park and play with the kids. Maybe, take a walk around the block.

One of my favorite activities that can be a great family one is hiking. It gets you out of the house and into nature. It’s so good for you to get out and disconnect for a bit, might as well get a good workout in! In fact, I was out the other day and saw a whole family trail running together. There were 3 kids and they were having a blast!

You can also sign up for a fun activity such as Indoor Rock Climbing. I love doing this in the winter when it’s too cold to be outside. I really dislike the cold weather. It’s a lot of fun and actually burns a lot of calories, plus you get a good workout. Gyms usually have different levels so it can be fun for beginners and more advanced climbers in the same spot.

Workout in Increments

Who says your 30-60 minute workout has to all be at the same time? If you only have a few minutes a couple times a day then split it up. Do cardio in the morning and strength in the afternoons. Whatever you need to do, get creative.

There is this great App you can get on your phone called daily workouts. It allows you to target different areas and select different increments of time. So if you only have 5 minutes while chicken is in the oven then you can go to the app and chose a 5 minute ab or leg workout. Something you can have right at your fingertips.

Quick But Effective Workouts

This is a big one! If you are short on time then do workouts that are a combination and focus on quick and effectiveness. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a great option for this.  This is a quick burst of high intensity workouts mixed with low or medium intensity. Often following something like 60 seconds of cardio where you push as hard as you can then 60 seconds of strength move or active rest. Also, workout as many muscle groups as you can at a time. If you are doing squats then you can add curls to get both arms and legs.

There are many ways if you are committed, to getting in some sort of workout in. Have a schedule but be flexible and creative when you need to be. Don’t let “I don’t have time” be an excuse. Make working out a priority for yourself. Cleaning can wait. Also, don’t let missing one day throw you off track.

Keep pushing and keep making adjustments to make it part of your life.


About the Author

Tiffany Meiter is a lifestyle blogger at She is a fitness enthusiast and loves finding ways to keep life simple and organized!  She writes about all things home organization and cleaning, health and fitness, and general life. She can be found on PinterestTwitter, or Facebook

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