Challenge Forum: Exercising when you don't even have time to blow your own nose..

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DairyFarmers...

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Posted: 27 Mar 2013, 15:30
Since we are all extremely intelligent, fitnessy type peoples I thought this could be a good topic to get suggestions on how to get exercise into your day when you're 10 minutes late for work, you can only find one shoe, and the toaster just exploded or you were kept late at work by a cruel boss, one kid suddenly has jello legs and can no longer stand, and dinner just burnt to a crisp because the amish came to the door looking for hay to buy.

Seriously.. I work 8 hours in an office. I work at least 4 hours on the farm. I commute 2 hours or more depending on how many A-holes bump into each other. I have to make dinner, take care of the kids, wash my hair, and hope by the end of the day that the dishwasher doesn't quit because if it does.. the dishes are going to fall over onto the counter and we may never find the kitchen again.

My solution? Cube aerobics. I work in a cube farm and I'm short so I can get away with squats, standing while I work, running in place.. I just hope no one walks by. I've tried boxing in my car. I only honked my horn 6 to 7 times and got strange looks from well.. just about anyone who was stuck next to me in traffic. The good news is I got let into traffic WAY more than I usually do!

Any other suggestions?
mars2kids

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Posted: 27 Mar 2013, 16:11
I've done the exercise at work, but I don't have a cube so I'd be out in the open. I will try to do some squats or wall push-ups in the bathroom, and try to go up and down the stairs multiple times. One of the girls here walks for 30 minutes on her lunch break, then eats her lunch at her desk.
I am going to have to get back to doing the early morning workouts at 5 a.m., but I wouldn't get up any earlier than that, lack of sleep doesn't do us any good. I am lucky and only have about a 10 minute commute to work and home every day, and I've been lucky enough to be off work early enough to get a workout in before dinner. When the kids start baseball and softball this summer though I'll have to start my morning routine up again, and I'm not looking forward to that, but I won't have to get them to school, so that gives me a little more time.
When my kids were little though, there just wasn't much time, unless I told my hubby he was watching them and I snuck out for a walk, or popped in a DVD or something.
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Mokakiss

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Posted: 28 Mar 2013, 08:28
Wow! Talk about not having any time. Compared to your daily schedule, I have no excuse to not exercise 30 minutes. Some suggestions? How about light weights in the car and do curls one arm at a time....you still need to drive after all. LOL! Just be sure to count how many you do on each arm. Wouldn't do to be lopsided! Smile

One thing I started to do.....keep my stomach sucked in. It's a small thing, but it helps since I hate doing stomach exercises. Of course I have to constantly remind myself. I'm hoping that eventually this will become second nature. I have found that this helps me with my posture too since it's hard to suck in my gut without realizing I'm slouching.
skirch97

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Posted: 28 Mar 2013, 08:49
Oh! You are one busy lady!! I would hate that long a commute! Mine is 30 minutes and I thought it was long! I've taken to getting up at 5:30 (half hour before I normally would) to get my workout in in the morning. By the time I get home from work, get dinner made, clean up, and homework, I'm too tired to do a workout and feel guilty if I don't spend that time with the kids. I will start walking during my lunch hour when the weather gets nicer. I think the cube aerobics sound like a good idea and standing while you work (I'm trying to come up with a way to make my desk accessible to standing while I work). There are also a lot of exercise DVD's that have workouts broken down into 10 minute segments, that might be an idea to squeeze in a bit of a workout here and there.
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Adrienne54

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Posted: 28 Mar 2013, 11:02
Mokakiss wrote:
One thing I started to do.....keep my stomach sucked in. It's a small thing, but it helps since I hate doing stomach exercises. Of course I have to constantly remind myself. I'm hoping that eventually this will become second nature. I have found that this helps me with my posture too since it's hard to suck in my gut without realizing I'm slouching.


I started this after I had my second child in 2003 & I can say that it does become second nature. I still do it & I believe that it does help considering of all the weight I've gained I still don't have a big stomach.
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