How to Fit Exercise Into Your Fall Routine If Overwhelmed

Fall is here, and I feel like I’m running in every direction at once — dropping my kids off at school and swimming and piano lessons, making dinner, packing lunches — and somewhere in between, holding down my teaching job! Though I’ve got my kids on their schedules, my fitness routine is slipping away. All summer I was exercising five days a week and loving it, and now I just can’t seem to find the time. Can you suggest some ways to fit exercise in?

Answered by Dr. Sarah

With September comes change, and during this transition period, it can often be a struggle to find balance. But remember, your fitness routine is just as important as eating and sleeping. Not only does exercise make you a fit and healthy mom, it also sets a good example for your kids and gives you the energy you need to get through the day.

Since fall is a time for transitions, perhaps it’s time to take a new approach to your exercise routine. Although you may have enjoyed your past fitness plan, it’s definitely OK to change it up. In fact, it’s good for you — our bodies (and minds) adapt to routines easily, and in order to continually challenge yourself, you need to mix things up now and again.

If you’re feeling like you just can’t find the time for fitness, the most effective way to fit exercise into your fall routine is to schedule it. Just as you schedule swimming and piano lessons for your kids, reserve some time for personal fitness. Also, try these four ways to exercise at the same time as your kids’ scheduled activities:

  • Many facilities that host lessons for kids, be it swimming or music, may have extra space you can you use to perform a super set (a full-body workout that can be done without serious exercise equipment)
  • Register your kids for lessons at a fitness center that has a gym facility or a class you can take at the same time. Your local YMCA is a great facility for this.
  • Stick your running shoes in the car and go for a jog while your kids are swimming or tinkling the ivories. Try our learn to run program.
  • Do a staircase workout.

In addition to scheduling your workout into your kids’ routine, try to find some time for yourself. In order to simplify your schedule, why not take two fitness classes in a row? If you were used to yoga Tuesdays and spinning Thursdays, try them both on the same night. I recommend spin before yoga, and while I do suggest staying for the entire class, you can slip out of yoga halfway through if time is an issue. Or be a weekend warrior — if you simply can’t fit in a weekday workout, take a couple of hours on the weekend and go hard. Whether you are climbing hills on your bike or lifting weights with a friend, make that time your own. Consider it an investment in your health and well-being.

And remember — hydrate. A well-hydrated body will have more energy, and the more energy you have, the more you will crave another workout.

About The Fitness Expert:

Sarah Brown is a very healthy woman. She is not only a fitness instructor at Goodlife where she teaches Body Pump, Body Flow, boot camp and yoga but she is also a registered holistic nutritionist.