A Busy Girl’s Guide to Fitting in a Workout

Whether you’re a mom, business woman, student, or anything in between, the majority of us have a lot on our plates. Between work obligations, errands, financial planning, kid duty, nurturing relationships, and having a social life, it’s no wonder that when things pile on the first thing to go is physical exercise. Weeks, maybe months go by, before you realize that your jeans aren’t fitting, energy levels are low, emotions are out of wack, stress levels have skyrocketed, sleep has suffered, and you just feel completely off. And, unfortunately, it’s much easier to get out of habit than to get in it.

A Busy Girl's Guide to Fitting in a Workout

When you’ve found yourself in a workout rut, the best way to get back into a workout routine is to just start. I know, the last thing you want to hear right? But doesn’t it sound beautifully simple? In all honesty, starting a workout routine is ACTUALLY that straight forward. Tomorrow, I don’t care what it is – go to the gym for 20 minutes, do a quick workout at home, take a walk or run, pop into a group fitness class – whatever it is, just sweat for at least 15-20 minutes. I love getting in my workout early on really busy days. This way you get it done first thing and there’s nothing that can come up later in the day to sway you from your intentions. Plus, studies have shown that you may actually burn more calories throughout the day when you workout first thing. Not an early bird? Here’s how to become a morning person. Your metabolism will thank you!

Still not convinced you have time to workout? These 4 Steps in the Busy Girls Guide to Fitting in a Workout will help you plan for tomorrow’s sweat session.


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Surprise!! I’ve also put together a quick 25-minute workout that will kick your butt when you don’t have much time to sweat. You’ll be surprised how drenched you’ll be in just minutes! Even better, this workout can be done anywhere. Now that’s what I call #noexcuses. Don’t forget to stretch afterwards!


Busy Girl Workout


Let me know in the comment box below, what are your best strategies for fitting in exercise? Post a picture on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter of you fitting in your Busy Girl Workout and label it with #noexcuses, #lifeinspandex, and #busygirlworkout . At the end of this week, I will randomly pick a photo to win a free fitness consultation with me either via Skype, phone, or in person if you’re in the Monterey, CA area!


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16 thoughts on “A Busy Girl’s Guide to Fitting in a Workout

  1. I loved this!!! I am a new mom and fitness has always been important to me and I’ve found it more and more difficult to squeeze in exercising time. I love these routines, I’ll have to try one…maybe even today when I hit the gym 🙂

    1. Wow thank you for such awesome feedback! It makes me so happy when I know one of my posts has motivated someone. Let me know how it goes 🙂 It’s killer, but a good challenge. You got this!

  2. I really have to get back on track because with the kids on vacation, I started slacking off and devoted barely the minimum to working out. Now that they are back in school, I will use your tips to get back into my normal routine. Thanks!

    1. Yay! Let me know how it goes 🙂 I always love it when readers send me sweaty selfies after they’re done and feeling great! Post on Facebook.com/lifeinspandex or on Instagram with #lifeinspandex xoxo

  3. Thanks so much for posting this. I know I really need to buckle down and lose my baby weight (going on 2 and a half years now shamefully) but my schedule is so insane that I often feel i need to sacrifice time with my daughter to work out. Annuity’s for incorporating a toddler into your fitness routine?? If thats even possible 🙂

    1. Hi Lindsey! I can’t say from experience, but I always tell my clients (who are new moms) never to feel guilty about taking care of yourself! Your child needs you healthy so you have energy to mother your very best, the strength to play with them for hours, health to be able to enjoy being with them in their adult lives, and stress-management so you can give them quality time when you do have it. Plus, you want to be a good role model for their future habits, right?! Eventually, they may see how passionate you are about their health that they will want to join you! I know I did. I went on runs with my dad (and now he teaches me tai chi since his running days are over) and took (and still take) jazzersize and zumba classes with my mom! If you really want a jump start, there’s a give-a-way on my Facebook page for a week of free online training to get you going! 🙂 Hope this helps

  4. EVERY MORNING I wake up early and get my WORK OUT IN YO! I don’t let ANYTHING in my day get in the way of my work out. I know, that if I do not work out – I am going to be one CRABBYY BIZZZ NIZZLE, ha ha! And I am also going to feel crazy tired if I don’t work out too – so it’s a 100% MUST! Those two things motivate me to GET UP ON THE DAILY to work out! 😉

    1. Haha I get you giirrrll. I feel the same. My day just isn’t as bright without a good sweat session in there. Make sure you’re taking at least one rest day a week though to let those muscle recover and build! :-*

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