Time for Exercise

By cakeybakes Latest Reply 2008-11-20 09:47:20 -0600
Started 2008-11-19 18:41:26 -0600

I have two part-time jobs. I usually work both of them 4 days a week which puts me at a 14-hour day. I have one hour between jobs to drive home, say hello to the kids, grab a bite to eat (a whole other issue), change into my uniform, and drive to the other job. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get more exercise? I'm so exhausted after 14 hours, going to the YMCA feels like a death sentence.

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GabbyPA 2008-11-20 09:47:20 -0600 Report

I used to complain I had no time either and the discussion posted here called "No Excuse Exercise" was a great help. It is a build up of a good habit. It just starts with 5 minutes a day...and as you do that you get used to it and it builds on its own. I am up to 45 minutes a day, and I don't always do it all at once. I break it up sometimes and on days when I do house cleaning, I get some extra in. The key is just to be more active. Once you get over the hump, you will find that you look forward to it.

I found the quite of the house is my friend around 5:00-6:00 AM. I don't go anywhere or pay anything. I walk. I have an island kitchen and I walk circles around the house. Rain or shine, heat or cold. It works out really well. I don't have to dress up, drive anywhere and I don't have to feel uncomfortable around all those in-shape people. LOL

I will eventually go where I have access to a pool, but for now I do this because I have no excuse not to. It is always here and I am always able.

kdroberts 2008-11-20 09:13:00 -0600 Report

To add to the breaking it down suggestion, you can change your definition of exercise. Depending on the job, you may already be doing a bunch but could enhance it a bit. Also, housework and other things count too. If you pick up the pace of every day things like vacuuming, dusting, gardening, going up stairs, going from your house/office to your car, going round the grocery store, going out to get the mail, all kinds of stuff like that can be turned into a short workout that could add up to over an hour a day, more if your job means you move about a lot.

SkipT 2008-11-19 21:15:32 -0600 Report

Everyone thinks that they have to dedicate a block of time to exercise. You can break it down into smaller bits. Instead of a 30 minute session, break it down into 3 sessions of 10 minutes.
You can even exercise during the commercials on television. Exercise is cumulative.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-19 21:22:58 -0600 Report

You are so right. When you think 30 mins, I just can't seem to fit that in my schedule. But to to 10 minutes 3 times a day will break it up and motivated you more.

sparkysmom 2008-11-19 21:50:48 -0600 Report

I hadn't thought of breaking it down. I physically can't do 30 minutes at a time but 5 or maybe 10 I could manage. Thanks for the idea Skip.