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August 30, 2017

How to Stay Fit on a Busy Schedule

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Most human beings know the struggle of finding even a short amount of time for themselves throughout the day. Staying on a busy schedule is almost impossible to do when you have a to-do list longer than a number of hours in the day. Whether you’re working multiple jobs, small business owner, children, a family we all have responsibilities that seemingly take over our lives on a daily basis. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to work from home but I also have my four-year-old here with me as well, so needless to say I don’t really get much work done.

When I started my fitness journey a few years ago, I was trying to think of ways to incorporate a few workouts into my daily routine. There many types of exercises that you can do. Obviously, before starting any strenuous exercise routine you should consult your doctor. I love activities with controlled movement. I frequently participate in HIIT and Barre classes on top of regular strength training.

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Apps are a great way to get in short workouts if you have a packed schedule or while you’re on vacation. Many apps include routines and videos you can download and take with you. Which is perfect if you plan on going somewhere with spotty reception. If you want to stay fit on a busy schedule you just need to think outside the box with a few things.

I did this post on Grokker last week, but just in case you wanted a few more options, I have provided a list of some excellent apps for you to try out.  They are currently offering a 14-day free trial, go on and give it a try!

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A lot of people think that working from home you have all the freedom in the world. While we have a lot more flexibility than those in a traditional setting, it still requires a ton of discipline, long days, and many sleepless nights. Finding time to for myself, much less working out as a single parent has become increasingly more difficult over the last few months. With summer in full swing, I’ve completely given up heading to the gym, opting to do all of my workouts at home. Which means no alone time.

Since I’m with my children 24/7 during the summer, I’ve had to get creative in balancing not only my work but my workouts and spending time with the children. I usually get up around five to begin my day (calmly and in peace), so that by the time they wake up around 8 or 9, I will have already completed most of my computer work for the first half of the morning which allows me to spend more time with them.

When it comes to working out, there is where time with the kids come in. You may recall this post about kids exercises, well my children definitely love working out and they love showing me what they can do. The time we spend together doing physical activity usually involves a lot of giggling, but they are exercising and I’m not worrying about emails. It’s perfect.

 

At Home Workouts

how to stay fit on a busy schedule

When it comes to working out, nothing is more convenient than being able to workout in the comfort of your own home. In order to stay fit on a busy schedule you need flexibility, what could be than working out at your own pace in your own home? You don’t need much to get started. In fact, you can start your own in-home gym for as little as $100.

If you find yourself short of time or just want something quick check out the videos below. These are wonderful workouts you can do together or solo.

Spiderman Planks
Forward Lunge Twist
Squat Jumps

Stay Fit on a Busy Schedule with Apps

how to stay fit on a busy schedule

When I’m at a loss for what workouts I should do, or if I just want to try something new I use a few apps. Depending on the type of exercise I’m doing that day. My favorite app would be from Bodybuilding.com. They have one main app with access to everything, but they also recently released a slew of other apps focused on weight loss and strength training.

Bodybuilder 

These apps are 100%. They feature a variety of workout plans and exercise videos for you to view either on your phone or at home. Feel free to join me on the app and follow along with my journey!! The bodybuilding.com app is one of the best on the market. With 100s of apps to fit all needs you wil have no trouble finding a program to help you stay fit on a busy schedule.

Cody App

Like the Bodybuilder.com app the Cody App and its videos are free (there are a few you must pay for but only if you are doing an advanced class). Some of the videos on the app are a little chatty. If you are the get right to it type of person like I am, these videos may not appeal to you as much as they videos on the Bodybuilder app.

The next two programs I am just starting, these reviews will be very basic. I will be doing a more in-depth review in two weeks once I have had enough time to test out the apps and workouts. 

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Yoga Glo

For all of your yoga lovers, Yoga Glo is an amazing new app/website featuring full-length yoga videos. For $18/month you get an unlimited amount of workouts and over 3500 classes to choose from. That alone made it worth it!

One O Eight

Stay tuned for my individual review of a few classes from these apps in a few weeks. Have any suggestions for working out while at home? Drop them in the comments below!!

 

Everyone is running at such a fast pace these days. How do you stay fit on a busy schedule? If you aren’t a gym regular, what type of solo or family activities do you do to keep active? Tell me in the comments!

Mother of two, photographer, and fitness enthusiast hoping to inspire others to live healthy.

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33 Comments

  • Reply Sarah-Louise Bailey

    Yes Workout is must! I Sticking to the fitness routine is not easy at all. I try it for 10 days then forget it. Thanks for sharing the video, I will try those exercises.
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    July 17, 2017 at 12:33 am
  • Reply Cassie

    This is awesome!!! I hear all sorts of excuses all the time that “I’m just too busy to workout”. A workout doesn’t have to be 1 hour and you don’t have to have a gym membership! These exercises are a great help!
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    July 17, 2017 at 6:25 am
  • Reply Farnando

    Wow!
    I’m very busy men. This article will help me better.

    July 17, 2017 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Brian

    Great post! I also have been recently very busy with all sort of things and it was very hard to fit my workout routine somewhere but I managed to do this. It’s important to not lose motivation because of lack of time!

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    July 17, 2017 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Heather

    This is great. They’ve an app for everything! I definitely find it hard to get work done with my kids home. Both go to school in about a month, but only for 4 days a week. I’m hoping to still get necessary work done so I can help bring in an income and fine tuning some areas of my body are on my list!
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    July 17, 2017 at 10:33 am
  • Reply tara pittman

    I just bought some kettle bells so I can work those arms out during the day. My plan is to do several reps through out the day.

    July 17, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    • Reply Nicole Caudle

      I love kettlebell workouts! They are so quick and super convenient.

      July 17, 2017 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Jen Temcio

    My kids are older but I vividly remember the days of trying to sneak in workouts with the kids around. It was really tough but you have some great strategies for moms to be successful.

    July 17, 2017 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Lynn Woods

    Thanks for for thsee exercises! I get up at 5 am and it’s worth it!

    July 17, 2017 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Joely Smith

    I need to check out these apps! I do strange things such as my thigh master while typing at my desk, like right now! Haha yes I still use one of those!
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    July 17, 2017 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Heather Johnson

    I do not work out because I am a busy stay at home mom and homemaker. Just today I went up and down the stairs more times than I can count!
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    July 18, 2017 at 2:12 am
  • Reply Blair villanueva

    My workout even at the office is working around our huge area, outside my building and using stairs! Its awesome and helps me to keep fit.

    July 18, 2017 at 3:08 am
  • Reply Sharon

    Yesss! At-home workouts are my favorite! I love waking up and walking downstairs to start my workout. It’s the best way for me to keep a routine

    July 18, 2017 at 5:58 am
  • Reply Ashley - Forking Up

    Bookmarking this for future use. Because even though I made it through my wedding without hating my body, there’s still a lot of work to do!

    July 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Aimee Geroux

    Great tips. I need to start to workout, not so much to get fit, but just to stay healthy. As a blogger, sitting at my desk day in and day out doesn’t allow for much exercise.
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    July 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply Nicole Caudle

      Yes! Working from home has a lot of advanages and disadvantages. I’m a full time wedding photographer so I’m on the computer a lot when I’m not working out. I got a stability to sit on while I’m on my laptop to help with posture.

      July 18, 2017 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    These are great tips on how to stay fit even when busy. I’m running around all day and almost never relax until bedtime. I try to plan my meals so I have healthy dinners available.

    July 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply anvita

    OMG, I am reading this post instead of being at the gym today. I had a crazy packed day today and skipped the gym. Will make up for it tomorrow.

    July 18, 2017 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Echo

    I love your videos. I am going to try to start doing some simple yoga again, but as I strengthen myself, I will try some of your moves.
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    July 18, 2017 at 10:52 pm
  • Reply stacey

    These are great tips. I just recently started working out with a neighbor in her home gym, which is nice because I needed to shake things up.
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    July 19, 2017 at 4:16 am
  • Reply Devajani

    Lovely post and helpful ideas. Loved your work out videos. Will surely try. Thanks for sharing 👍

    July 19, 2017 at 4:34 am
  • Reply LaToyia Dennis

    This was exactly what I needed. I am on a journey to getting fit and losing weight.
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    July 19, 2017 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Emily Morton

    These are great tips. It seems like my client’s biggest issues always seems to be making the time to workout.
    -Emily @ http://www.livingfitwithemily.com

    July 19, 2017 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Hey Sharonoox

    I wish I can do workout like this. This is so inspiring. This is a good reminder that I need to start to get fit. Exercise is the best way to stay fit.

    July 20, 2017 at 1:41 am
  • Reply Lalia Frolick

    I can completely relate to your schedule! I’ve learned the hard way that the only time to get any time to myself—or to get anything done—is to wake up before the kids. The trouble is that they’re both still pretty young and their wake-up time is such a hit or miss!
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    July 21, 2017 at 12:57 am
  • Reply Cindy

    Hello Nicole, I found your blog so useful for all those ones who got busy in their daily life. And they do not find time for their self care. It is good to stay fit and healthy for everyone. Thanks for sharing.

    July 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Sabrina

    You have to make time for yourself… it is so necessary.. I also love Barre and it has been an amazing addition to my Fitness Journey.

    August 10, 2017 at 12:28 am
  • Reply Tisha

    Great post! I love that you work out with your kids!💙

    August 30, 2017 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Graciela Alexandra

    Girl, thank you for this! Definitely convicting because I always blame not working out as not having enough hours in a day! You need to come out with a workout video!

    August 30, 2017 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply D'Ana Joi

    This is great. I’m about to start working again and needed to be reminded that apps are a great way to fit in a workout if I can’t get to the gym. Thanks!

    August 31, 2017 at 12:46 am
  • Reply Anthony

    Awesome Article. Recently, I have been very busy and it has been quite difficult to fit my workout routine somewhere. One can easily loose motivation due of lack of time and we all have the same time.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.
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    September 20, 2017 at 6:49 pm
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