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5/12/20 3:23 A

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I now work from home full time. We work from 7am to 5pm. In Kenya where I live we have a 7pm curfew and it gets dark at 7pm anyway. After dark it is never safe to exercise outside even without a curfew.
So fitting in exercise is difficult. Add to that a crazy schedule that has all kinds of online meetings, workshops etc.
I still managed to establish a routine. Between 6am and 7am as I get ready I do 10-20min of yoga every day. Yes it is not enough, since a good yoga session should be 40min or more. However I do need my sleep as well.
Then during the day I take deliberate breaks, especially after a meeting, during which I walk around my car park and the little garden I have. I also stretch during those little walks. When I start my lunch break I go for a walk within the estate. Which is a 15min loop of 1.5km. This really helps to clear my head. I usually have prepared lunch the day before, so I do not need to cook.
By the time I finish work at 5pm I have already done some 25 - 35min of exercise. So even if it rains (we are in rainy season right now) or I end up doing overtime, I have done some workout already. Whenever I can I then do a run walk after work. On weekends I go for at least 1, if not 2 long walks. I go early morning, when fewer people are out and about.
That way I have managed to maintain my weight and remain quite fit.
I also add more stretches, body weight exercise and yoga whenever I can. My house is very small, so space is a problem, but I have replaced my spare room bed with a sofa bed and my yoga mat is lying on the created floor space there all the time.

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5/11/20 12:39 P

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All of these posts are good advice!

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5/4/20 10:39 A

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These days, working from home part-time, it's more "How do I build a schedule around my workouts?", LOL. On my google calendar, I've scheduled running 3x per week--this includes one day to increase my interval length, one quick and easy day of no more than a mile, and a long day to extend total time spent running and walking. I'm now on Week 9! Cross-training consists of playing frisbee for 30 minutes 2-3x per week, gardening, yoga, and weights 2x per week.

VESPAGirl, as an apartment dweller myself, I recommend exercise bands! I ordered a pack of 5 with different thicknesses and resistance. Very versatile and compact.

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5/2/20 12:43 P

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The 30-Day Jumpstart Your Workout calendar challenge here on SparkPeople is my favorite. I keep going through it and have a few of the routines memorized. Some of the exercises I modify a little bit until I'm stronger.

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4/14/20 10:00 A

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I never used to be a home-workout person - but now with social distancing, I have had no other choice. Working out at home is proving to be a habit I want to keep! I have found some good apartment-friendly, no equipment bodyweight workouts on YouTube that I have on repeat :-)

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4/13/20 12:11 P

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Fitting in walks after lunch and dinner is very pleasant and is also helping me sleep better. emoticon

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4/9/20 8:19 P

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3/31/20 11:47 A

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One way I fit workouts into my schedule by incorporating the tips in the Find 10 Calendar Challenge.

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3/30/20 9:44 A

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When I sit for 30 minutes, I get up and walk for the same amount of time at least.

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3/29/20 10:28 A

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While waiting for the bread recipe to rise I do yoga stretches. When I'm waiting for the eggs to boil I do shoulder shrugs.

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One way I fit workouts into my schedule by incorporating the tips in the Find 10 Calendar Challenge. emoticon

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4/15/13 8:37 A

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My husband and I used to go to the gym in the evenings, but then the gym had a membership drive and now it's too crowded to get a good workout at night. So we switched to going at 5:30 in the morning (not as difficult as you might think, though we do go to bed earlier at night now). I have found that I actually prefer the early mornings for working out.

Before we joined a gym, I used to take a walk through the neighbourhood while my son had his lessons. (I'm talking about a good fast walk -- real exercise -- not a leisurely stroll.) MUCH better than sitting around waiting -- in fact, I used to hate when it rained because I couldn't go for my walk.

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4/14/13 12:49 A

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I work swing shift 2pm to 12:30am I go to the gym every night (my night) after work and do a minimum of 50 min cardio and a minimum of 40 min strength training... I work upper, core, and lower body each on separate days... I do this at least 4 to 5 days a week and on Sunday I do zumba... My husband works swing shift too and has a rotating schedule so on his days off he works out with me the other nights I go alone.. But I do have all the support in the world from my hubby emoticon


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4/10/13 10:25 A

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Thanks everyone for all the great ideas! I am going to use them!
Today I came in from the bus stop and started the online streaming befit 90 right away. Of course the power went out in the middle of it, but it came back on rather quick so I was able to finish!

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4/9/13 10:23 A

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Early mornings. Best time of day for me to take ME TIME.
Then after dinner my hubby and I take a walk (even if it's only 1 mile)
Good luck, you'll find the time!

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4/9/13 3:11 A

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I get up early too, usually just before 6am so I can run for an hour. The weekend I usually organise my meals for the week so this means spending some time in the kitchen but then you don't need to cook during the week. I work full-time with nearly 2 hours commuting a day and have 2 kids.
Also I'm sure that your husband can spare 2/3 evenings a week looking after the kids while you go to the gym (if the food is ready and it's just the matter of warming it up, he should be fine), like this you can go to some classes or the gym. Saturday or Sunday morning is also a good time as usually everyone likes to get up later so I take advantage and go to yoga on Saturday and for a runon Sunday morning.
It certainly is an organisation and need planning ahead but once you are organised and you have talked with your family explaining that you also need some time for yourself, they will understand.
You said that you are a stay at home mum - maybe organise an hour midday just for exercise by going for a run, doing a video exercise or go to the gym, but certainly it's all a question of organisation. There are plenty of time in a day to squeeze an hour for yourself like this it won't affect the rest of the family and you still have your time for exercising.
Let us know how you are doing.

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4/8/13 8:48 P

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I am more consistent if I do the workouts in the morning

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4/8/13 4:41 P

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When I was working full time, I would get up at 5:30 to get my workout in before my family woke up. Saturday mornings were also "my" time to go for a long run or a class at the gym.

These days, I workout as soon as the kids are on the school bus because if I don't do it then, then the workout gets lost in the day.

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4/8/13 2:22 P

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I carry workout clothes and shoes in my car so I always have whatever I need where ever I am.

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4/8/13 2:20 P

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I try to fit in a run when I drop them off to their activities. It is better than sitting there watching or sitting in the car as I see a lot of parents doing.



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4/8/13 1:42 P

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I think the key is planning a bit. I work full time and I have the same thing with my daughter once I get home...she's on the go a lot for her competitive dance and of course I have to get dinner and clean the kitchen and such. Here is how I try to work things out and I don't fret or stress if something comes up and changes things.

1. Look at the calendar and plan all your dinners for the week ahead. On busy nights try things that don't take a lot of your attention, either a crockpot meal or a roast of some sort that you can throw in the oven and forget until it's time to eat. I find by doing this then I know that I won't be spending and hour plus in the kitchen on the night I have to have my daughter to dance by 6 p.m. when I'm only walking in the door at 5 p.m.

2. Plan your workout times. I'm not a morning person, so I do my workouts afterwork despite everything else going on. I plan my rest days for the days we run around the most for activities. If doing your workout as soon as the kids are on the bus is the best time for you, then make it a priority and plan your day around that...bus, workout, shower, and then everything else. You might just find that you can manage to get more done in less time when you are energized from working out and when you know you only have x amount of time.

3. Let go of perfection. We have two furry dogs and a cat and I could drive myself nuts trying to keep on top of the hair, same goes with many other household tasks. The nicest thing I've ever done for myself is to remember that even if its not done perfectly, it's better than not being done at all. Whether its housework, meals, or workouts, just get it done in the time you have and if it's not just right, don't sweat it.

4. Routines. Example: I do a quick clean of the bathroom when I'm in it in the morning (swish the toilet brush around, spray and wipe the sink, and run the dirty towel or a rag around the base of the sink/toilet/etc before it gets tossed in the wash to pick up all that loose dust and hair that collects. All I have to do to properly clean it on weekly is spray and wipe the tub and toilet and wash the floor. I clean the shower curtain as it needs it. I do the same in other rooms...I have some basic stuff I do each day as I'm in the room using it, and then it never takes too long to clean it. The bathroom literally takes me less than 5 minutes as part of my morning getting ready for work routine and my bathroom is always decent enough to let people see it.

It's really hard to do at times because there is always so much else to do, but your hour for yourself for your workout needs to be made just as important, if not more so, than how clean the house is or what errands need running.



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4/8/13 1:25 P

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OK first I'll fess up-no workouts here for 2weeks! Got to get going again.
So I thought I'd ask what works for others and see what I can try.
I'm a SAHM with youngest in school allday. It seems like if I don't do a workout as soon
as he gets on bus-I never get to it. Once they get home from school its dinner and then
driving to various sports/afterschool activities.




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