(I don't like exercise. But if I skip my workout, I cry. I guess I need to call that an addiction?)
I've been really watching the time to make sure that I never miss the 30 minutes. Know what I noticed?
A 30 minute workout takes way more than 30 minutes!
Things That Steal Extra Time
*Getting dressed: the clothes, the running shoes/yoga socks, the hair
*Bringing medical gear: the inhaler
*Charging the FitBit: (come on, you thought I'd skip getting credit for the workout?!?)
+15 LONG minutes
*Bringing entertainment: reading material, music, earbuds
*Childcare: Checking in the kids at the YMCA takes about 5 extra minutes. So does checking out.
*Filling water bottle: three times
*Shower and change back into normal clothes
*Driving/Traveling: to class, from class
Okay, so that's MORE than an extra hour.
Here's how to avoid this problem.
1. Schedule your workout more appropriately for your life.
I save a ton of time if I just workout while the kids are in school or while my husband is home. If nothing else works, I can always work out while they ride bikes outside or we can go on a family walk.
If I go out of the house to a class, I schedule it when I am leaving the house for errands so I can stop at class on the way or on the way home.
2. Workout when you don't need to shower.
I work from home, so I often can shower, workout, and not worry about changing out of my workout clothes. But if I must go somewhere fancy, like a parent-teacher conference or a work meeting, I work out after the meeting when possible.
(My apologies to the other people in Target. I often shop after the workout, without a shower.)
3. Prepack a bag.
I have an extra inhaler, extra shoes, extra yoga socks, a laundry bag - if it might be needed, it's in the trunk of my car in my workout bag or ALWAYS in my purse (in the case of the inhaler).
4. Carry a larger water bottle.
This one was a d'uh moment for me, but carrying a larger water bottle both means less time spent at the water fountain and an extra weight to workout with.
5. Write prep steps in your planner.
For example, I make a weekly appointment to charge my FitBit.
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