How to Workout Even on Your Busiest Days


How to Workout from Home for Busy Moms with Heather Brown of My Life Well Loved

 

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Disclosure: Thanks to Balanced Body and Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring this post. Please remember all opinions are 100% my own. (affiliate links included)

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that it’s really easy to find excuses not to work out. You’re too busy, you have young kids, your job is stressful, you don’t feel well, and the list goes on and on. However, I’m going to try to help  you find ways to get in your workouts because even if you don’t want to, it will make you feel SO much better!

Being active has helped me personally to have a fit pregnancy, to heal more quickly after having baby, to work off stress, to have better overall health and to just feel good about myself. Truly, after I work out, my mind set, my stress level and my confidence sky rockets. It’s amazing what endorphins can do for you!

The hubs and I have lived a very busy lifestyle. We have worked multiple jobs, he has worked busy season as an accountant, gone back to school to become a nurse practitioner, juggled work and school at the same time, we’ve had a baby, moved, and are involved in our church, neighborhood, and many other activities. We could find excuses if we wanted to, but at the end of the day, I think this makes me somewhat of an expert on staying active with a busy schedule.

How to Workout from Home for Busy Moms with Heather Brown of My Life Well Loved

How to Workout Even on Your Busiest Days:

  1. Schedule your workouts. I look at the class schedule at Pure Barre and with my personal trainer (HomeFit) at the beginning of each week to put my workouts in my calendar. It helps to plan to be there. Not to mention, when HomeFit shows up at your door, it’s hard to say No, you just drove here for no reason.
  2. Get up early. I am NOT a morning person so I don’t do this often, however if I can’t fit it in any other time I have been known to get up before work and hit up a 6 am class.
  3. Go during your “break.” For some of you that will mean a lunch time workout, for some of you it will mean using your baby’s nap time. At my old job, we only had a 30 minute lunch, so I would bring my shoes and a change of clothes and throw them on as fast as I could and go run/walk around the office building and surrounding blocks for 20 minutes if it was my only opportunity.
  4. Something is better than nothing. Some nights I’m too tired to really get it in so I’ll make a compromise with myself that I just have to do 20 pushups, 20 sit ups and a 90 second plank. However, usually once I start moving, I feel more motivated and want to continue. Plus, Leyton thinks I’m playing with him so I get motivated to stay in it to be a better mommy for him and a better wife for the hubs by taking care of momma.
  5. Grab a friend! Having a workout accountability partner is huge. Just a few weeks ago, I randomly Facebook messaged a girl that lives a few houses down from me and asked if she wanted to walk the next day, and guess what? She did! I strapped Leyton in the stroller and off we went! Don’t be afraid to ask. The other person may be glad you did!
  6. Get some cute workout gear! I’m not going to lie, when I get to put on my sassy-backed beyond yoga sports bra & my owl be sweatin’ headband, I feel a little more motivated to get my rear in gear. Plus, then I can justify those cute purchases later when I want more, ha!

For many of us, at home workouts are what we end up doing because the time isn’t there and that’s great! You have to do what works for you. Here’s some of my favorite at home workouts to try:

How to Workout from Home for Busy Moms with Heather Brown of My Life Well Loved

MOTR: It is a complete home gym in a 43” cylinder that won’t break the bank or take up much space. It’s the home gym system I’m using in the pictures in this post. You can improve your strength, balance, agility, sports conditioning and cardio. MOTR provides a quick, complete workout in almost any room in the house. I love how budget-friendly MOTR is for busy moms like me, who want to squeeze in a quick workout but don’t want to go the gym. Since all the components are stored in the core of the MOTR roller, it takes up very little room and can easily be tucked away in a closet.

MOTR comes with a DVD with two workouts, and flash cards that let you mix and match exercises depending on what you’d like to work on that day. You can target:

  • Core Integration
  • Balance
  • Agility Training
  • Upper Body
  • Lower Body

In fact, I’m giving away a MOTR by Balance Body at the end of this post, so make sure you ENTER TO WIN!

I also use lots of Youtube videos like Tone It Up & Fitness Blender’s channels, my Pinterest fitness board, and getting inspiration from some of the Instagram fitness people I follow. There are SO many ways to get active even if you’re busy, so don’t give up babes!

I have teamed up with MOTR by Balanced Body to giveaway one of their home gyms complete with the workout cards and DVD. To enter to win, just follow me via email and comment below with the email you used to join my email list as well as one healthy thing you are doing for YOU today!



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48 Comments

  1. Ashley Smithson
    October 12, 2016 / 10:48 am

    I hope there’s another boot camp soon. That was fun! Also I’m always up for a stroll 🙂 my neighbor and I got a 3 mile run in at 5 this morning. #workingparent am I supposed to put my email in the comment too? Hopefully not!

  2. October 12, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Love this! subscribed with thevintagemodernwife at gmail! One thing I’m doing today is clean eating. We made a delicious breakfast this morning and it was so nice to feel energized from my breakfast instead of weighed down!

  3. Liz Briggs
    October 12, 2016 / 11:09 am

    Going for a long walk on this beautiful day!

  4. elizabeth
    October 12, 2016 / 11:47 am

    I am heading outside to walk around the block! truckredford(at)gmail(Dot)com

  5. Jessica Kime
    October 12, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Jessicakime at gmail.

    I took my kiddos on a long walk/run this morning!

  6. Britney
    October 12, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Signed up with britneycarolyn@gmail & I went for a jog with my baby in the stroller while chasing my 4 year old driving his hot wheel car ?

  7. Abbey Masters
    October 12, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Signed up with my email abbeymasters@gmail.com. I’ve been bringing music and doing workouts outside in the cool weather while my 2 boys play!

  8. Lindsey Gorin
    October 12, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Lindseygorin@gmail.com

    I ate a salad with dinner ??

    I need the home gym to get back in shape after baby!!!!

  9. Carrie
    October 12, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    I fit in a workout between school drop off and a job!

    carriethayerATgmailDOTcom

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 11:36 pm

      Smart lady! Love it 🙂

  10. Sarah
    October 12, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Signed up at sarah.pillsbury@gmail.com !! I have been trying to get extra veggies in my diet with a green smoothie in the mornings!

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 11:36 pm

      Love it Sarah! I love throwing in some spinach. 🙂 Good to hear from you and good luck!

  11. Anna Kinsaul
    October 12, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    Tonight I made green smoothie pops with my son. I love that I can sneak a few green veggies in his “treats”! kinsaul at gmail dot com

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 11:35 pm

      Oh, yes, that’s so smart! Leyton loves smoothies too so I’m trying to start doing more of that with him. Thanks for your comment and good luck!

  12. Christie Koehler
    October 12, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Koehler1011@msn.com. I did Platform today at Pure Barre! Headed to PB in the gardens tomorrow night!

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 11:29 pm

      Yay, Christie! You sparkle sisters are slaying! Hate I didn’t get to talk to you tonight at the gardens PB event, had to duck out to Bible study. xo

  13. alexandra robison
    October 12, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    somehow I don’t get your blog emailed to me?? How did that happen? Everett and I went for a 2.5 mile run! I am now subscribed! arobison@sevenrivers.org

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 11:28 pm

      Get it, that’s awesome! I love that Leyton loves riding in the stroller…hoping it lasts for a long time!! 🙂

  14. Katie Dickens
    October 12, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    pineapplegrl@hotmail.com Breastfeeding twins is my workout right now! :p I’ve got a few more weeks until I can really get back to working out! I’m so ready! It’s been too long! I did recently buy an Arctic tumbler (like a Yeti) and it helps me drink waaaayyy more water than I use to! I probably refill that 20oz cup 6 times a day and it stays so cold!

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 11:25 pm

      That is a HUGE undertaking of a workout. I can’t imagine it with twins, so incredibly proud of you!!! Yes, I love those! I have a similar cup and think it’s so fab!

  15. Gina Thompson
    October 12, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    I did boot camp this morning but more importantly a really healthy thing I did for me today was have some time doing something with a friend this evening!! I think I signed up for emails correctly!

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 11:25 pm

      Hey Gina! Get it, I’m sure you killed it at boot camp. Thanks for signing up and I appreciate your comment so much! 🙂 Happy Friday!

  16. Elisabeth
    October 13, 2016 / 9:15 am

    I signed up with elisabethbrightbill@gmail. And I’m grabbing my Fiance and going to the gym on our lunch break for a quick work out before dance lessons tonight!!!

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 11:21 pm

      Oh how fun! We did dance lessons not long after we got married and had so much fun!

  17. Laurie Balzli
    October 13, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Hi! This looks like a great workout! I registered with lauriestephenson13@gmail.com. one thing I’m doing today to stay healthy and on plan is making a good lunch choice because I didn’t have time to make my lunch this morning before work! Xoxo

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 11:20 pm

      That’s always hard but there are so many good options now even at places like Taco Bell! Really cool to see how restaurants are changing their options. Thanks, Laurie!

  18. Merrill
    October 13, 2016 / 10:53 am

    Going for a walk/run on this beautiful day!

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 11:19 pm

      Perfect day for it, Merrill!

  19. Emily Carmichael
    October 13, 2016 / 11:07 am

    So I try to eat well every day but thus 4th kid has kinda done me in! Try to get in an early morning (like 5am) jog a few days each week though!

    Emcarmichael 82 at gmail dot com

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 11:18 pm

      That would make it really hard for SURE! And 5 am…wow, that’s some dedication. Get it, momma!

  20. Annette
    October 13, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Today I’m making healthy recipes to eat all week long.

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 13, 2016 / 11:17 pm

      Get it, Annette! That’s such a good plan of action. 🙂

  21. Shelby Brownell
    October 14, 2016 / 11:55 am

    I am going to my Pure Barre class tonight!

  22. Courtney Pate
    October 14, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    I went to an Orange Theory Fitness class today!!??

  23. Sharon
    October 14, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Doing my best to get enough sleep, not always easy!

    rusthawk at gmail dot com

  24. October 14, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    Love this! I need some ideas and inspiration to keep motivated to workout on busy days. You photos made me smile! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Alicia
    October 14, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Hey Heather! I’ve been following you for a while on Instagram, but this is my first time on your blog – perfect post for me! I’m registered with Alicia.m.mccormick83@gmail.com now though, so I’ll be back as often as I can! ? I work full time outside of the home and my baby girl is 10 months old, so it’s definitely hard to find time to workout. I just started taking a short run at lunchtime though, so hopefully I can stick it out through the winter. ❄️ Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      October 14, 2016 / 11:49 pm

      Hey Alicia, that makes me so happy to hear! Welcome to my little corner of the internet. 🙂 Love that our babies are so close in age…it’s SO much fun! Good for you for doing your short run, we all have to start somewhere and running isn’t easy! Appreciate you being here!

  26. Stacie H
    October 16, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    I need this! I am trying to eat healthier and be more active. We have been taking evening walks around the neighborhood. stacieo@charter.net 🙂

  27. October 16, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    I need this little gym! There are so many times that I can’t make it to the gym and need something that is easy/mindless. PS your little one is adorable!

  28. October 17, 2016 / 5:43 am

    I’m walking on lunch breaks!
    I signed up with Kira.blaski(at)Gmail.com

  29. Sarah Schmidt
    October 17, 2016 / 9:54 am

    I joined with seschmidt01@gmail.com. I’m going to go to a Zengo class tonight after work!

  30. Starla
    October 17, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    This is awesome and would be so very helpful. Along with managing a home, two jobs and college for nursing it’s safe to say that busy is my middle name. I have kind of gotten out of the habit of exercise and it shows tremendously. I would absolutely love this. I have been subscribed- same email as I am logged in with! 🙂

  31. Michelle
    January 9, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    Tuberoseabsolute at Gmail dot com
    I am trying to reduce sugar and control my stress.

  32. Katie Douglas
    August 9, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    ksbt1819 at gmail
    Started my morning with yoga
    And eat healthy!! Expect for half of a amazing Italian chocolate bar.
    And half way to drinking my water intake!!

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