Find Time To Be Fit and Healthy

Posted November 12, 2013 by Marie Arcidiacono in Life After Five
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With academic school year in full swing and the holidays right around the corner, I find myself extremely busy. I’m sure that many Career Girls can relate to early mornings, long days, and late nights. It seems that this is something that all of us experience at some point in our careers.

Don’t get me wrong, I secretly LOVE being busy. There’s just something about having something to look forward to and being able to cross things off my never ending “To-Do List” feels good. Truth be told thought, it is NOT always easy and it comes at a cost. Having a jam packed teaching and coaching schedule, plus a life—I have one of those, right?– means I have less time to work out. In fact, lately, I’ve been finding myself trying to squeeze in a workout when I can and that is not as easy as it sounds, especially for someone who enjoys working out as much as I do.

So, what is a busy Career Girl, who wants to workout, but is having trouble finding the time to do? I’ll tell you what she doesn’t do: she doesn’t give up on her drive to be fit and healthy, she adapts.

Oh adaptability, we meet again.

I have found myself working out on my “lunch breaks” in an attempt to adapt to it getting darker earlier, thank you Daylight Savings, or getting up early and working out before work.  As much as I dread my alarm going off an hour and a half earlier than it needs to, I’d prefer to workout before work, but some days the “Snooze” button is just TOO tempting.

Finding pockets of time to build up a sweat…err, I mean, solid glisten is key in my life and that might work for you.  Whenever I’m having a hard time finding my motion I have to remember: the workout never gives up on you, so why would you give up on the workout? We make time for coffee with friends, lunch with a co-worker, dinner with a family member, so why not make time with our old friend, The Workout?

The more proactive we are about pre-scheduling a workout the less likely we are to bail on it. There are a ton of short, time efficient workouts available that can take no more than 20 minutes of your time. Find a way to do a workout during your favorite television show. A personal favorite of mine is doing an ab workout during commercial breaks of my weekly television shows.

Of course, there are days where we just can’t squeeze in our workout and that’s okay. Every Career Girl knows her limits. Listen to your body, it will tell you when you need to make time for it—trust me, I have learned this the hard way and I always wish I had just paid attention to the subtle signs my body had given me ahead of time. So, some days I just have to listen to my body and sleep in and this weekend will be the perfect time for that!

So share with me:

  • How do you find time for fitness during busy work weeks?
  • What’s your favorite “short” workout?

*Disclaimer: You should ALWAYS talk to your regular physician before starting any exercise routine. The author of this post is NOT a physician and encourages exercising/working out ONLY once you have been cleared by you physician.*

About the Author

Marie Arcidiacono

Marie is a Speech Communication professor who also coaches a debate team. She truly loves what she does and hopes to continue to teach for decades to come. In her "free time" she is an avid runner. Marie enjoys running a variety of distances, including the Half Marathon. She is dedicated to living as healthy a lifestyle as she can while balancing a very busy schedule. Marie loves to network and share ideas so writing for Career Girl Network is perfect for her. You can also read about her adventures on Why Not Girl!.