Planning a Workout Routine for the Busy Mama (and Daddy)

Workin' Out

Lucky for me, I chose a profession that happens to be one thing many people struggle to fit into their daily lives: fitness. My job the past six years has been to train clients, which kept me training as well.

However, as my life has evolved, time conflicts and opportunities for having a relaxed schedule have definitely swapped places. Where I used to schedule my whole day around my runs, or workouts, now I have to think long and hard and stare at the calendar to find the perfect time to get in my workouts.

For those of you who know me, you may think I live, breathe, eat, and sleep fitness. And while living healthy is constantly on my mind, and constantly priority, sometimes my workouts do take a back burner. Lately, life has been so busy that I’ve literally had to RUN my errands just to get in some exercise. I’ve been packing my kids up, along with the Bob, and I drive into town. Once in town, I decide what jogging route is best based on what errands I need to run.

  1. Through town to the bridge.
  2. Ace hardware, post office, Freddie’s for groceries.
  3. Back to the clinic to say hi to Daddy while he’s at work, then we load up and head back home.

We’ve been camp trailer living now for 3+ weeks because our new house is undergoing some much  needed love before we can move in, so we are finally getting somewhat of a routine established. This means it’s time to put into place a workout schedule.

Here is my dilemma: My husband’s schedule sucks. He works long days into late nights, as well as takes call…which literally leaves me with a couple days I’m able to leave the kids with him to get in whatever I need for me. Most workouts I do actually involve the kids, or I try to entertain them while I exercise.

However, Javin and I are both training for a relay that’s in June, so we BOTH need to get our runs and workouts in. We realize winging both of our workouts will most definitely result in the both of us stressing about not getting our workouts in, so it’s time to write it out.

We have to utilize early mornings before work (even when it’s cold! yikes!) as well as nap times, and times that Grammy can take the kids. Juggling commitments and jobs to be done can be exhausting, but ultimately it comes down to making it work. When we say something HAS to be done, it usually gets done.


For all the busy families out there, there is time, there is a way…you just have to find it. And when you find it, write it down. Then stick to it. Planning a workout routine for mommys and daddys means that your children will grow up watching that commitment to health, and chances are, they will want to do the same.