My workout today took a little more setup than the usual. My son wanted his bike on the trainer too. I gladly conceded his request. I started thinking about how hard it is sometimes to get workouts or “sweat time” in, but how much harder (forme) it is to go a few days without. I remembered a post I had written for FDC (link: http://teamfdc.com/weekly-training-post-finding-time-1207-1208/)
“What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter.” – Peter F. Drucker
“Lately, I’ve found myself having to answer the question: “How do you FIND time to ____________(fill in blank with a variety of verbs)?”Truth is, just like you, I don’t FIND time lying around. I actually have to MAKE time to do the things that I want to do, among those-train. In that process of making time, lots of sacrificing and re-allocation of time, takes place. Just as everything else in life, it takes time to learn how to MAKE TIME.
Sometimes the choices are harder than others; we have to pick between doing a long run and going to breakfast with friends/family, or getting up at 5am and cuddling with our significant other (husband/wife/lover/child/pet), or doing a workout and going to a work event. Peter Drucker had it right, though. We do know what we have to do to improve. And we have great sources around us, like the Run Clubs, supportive running groups, fool-proof training programs, inspirational magazines, and seasoned friends, that can show us the way. It’s no secret that getting out to train isn’t always easy, and there will always be a plethora of valid excuses to back us if we choose NOT TO, but we just have to be willing to DO IT!
Unfortunately, none of us have a time freezing remote, nor do we stumble upon EXTRA time on a daily basis, leaving us with the archaic system of having to schedule and shuffle “THINGS-TO-DO” around to MAKE time for the things we WANT TO DO and know we should do. With all this being said, I, myself, still struggle with this, even though I’ve had a lifetime of training in fitting it into my schedule.
So I’d like to leave you with this thought: If you are looking to find time to train, I’ll save you the search. YOU WON’T FIND IT. But if you start MAKING time for your passions, it won’t always be easy, fun, and simple, but it will be worth every sacrifice. As your schedule packs up with more and more activities, be sure to celebrate the fact you’ve stayed on course!”
On that note, Here are some things I have tried and enjoyed. Let me know what you think and PLEASE share any suggestions tips or strategies that have worked for you!
Running with child. If you have a young child, getting out for a run can be great mommy and me bonding time with fresh air and change of scenery. Tips: Take toys in stroller (age appropriate) and if possible with attachments to stroller (straps or shoe laces) to keep you from playing fetch or catch your entire run. Favorite snacks are always a usual plus to have especially for the second half of the run. Once they are a little older, getting them on a bike is a great way to get them exercising with you. It takes work, time and practice, but before you know it, they will be pedaling too fast for you to keep up. It’s great motivation on those shorter runs you have to long during the week.
Trainer time. A new favorite pastime of mine is logging some miles on the trainer while I do work that I would otherwise have to sit at my desk for (write papers/articles, correct school work, update FB/IG). Having a trainer at home allows me to sneak in workouts while doing other work or when the day hours didn’t permit me to sneak out for a run/ride/swim. At first I started using it before my son got up in the morning or after my son when to bed. As of recent, I have started using it in the afternoons while he does homework and food is in the oven. And as of last week, he has even started asking me to set him up on the trainer too! (If you'd like a trainer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our GEAR UP page)
Run errands and train. Mom or not, running to deposit a check or biking to return something are options that we sometimes overlook but can easily help us sneak in workouts during our busy schedules.
Make it your business. Sometimes we have conference calls to sit in on or participate. Get creative with how you take those calls. Go for a walk, get on your trainer or even invite co-workers, possible dates, or friends to discuss ideas while on a walk, run, or ride.
Audiobooks to the rescue. If you are not a big reader or perhaps are but don’t have the time, audiobooks + training are a great combo. They can keep you entertained for days and keep you company while you train. Strengthen your mind, deepen your understanding, take time to learn something knew while you make your heart and body stronger.