You Need to Make Time

Hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was really productive and we did get a chance to finally celebrate our 5 year anniversary a bit.

Anniversary Celebration with Champagne

I’m gonna be honest in this post and some of you might not like it or you might like me a little less after reading what I have to say today. That’s okay. All I ask is that you hear me out…you certainly don’t have to agree with me! Hopefully I don’t come across as just another judgey mom.

If I had a nickel for every time someone told me they don’t have time to workout I’d have a lot of nickels. And sorry to say, but many of those nickels would be from other moms.

Hey, I get it. I’m a mom too and sometimes it’s really stinking hard to fit in workouts. Take, for example, this weekend. My husband worked most of the weekend and Connor has been getting up a bit earlier than he was before. Since I usually train in the morning this threw a bit of a wrench into my training schedule.

Saturday morning Connor was up and ready to start his day and Mike was out the door bright and early heading to work. Since I had Connor, I decided I would do something I never do and run with the stroller – I ran for 30 minutes straight! That was longer than I’ve ever done pushing that stroller and I was glad I still got a sweat in. Sunday, I usually take a rest day, but wanted to get in a bit of strength training. I did most of my workout before Mike left for work, but Connor came downstairs with me for the last 15-20 minutes. Is training with a toddler running around the most efficient way to get a session in? Nope. But…it works.

Fitting in Workouts with a Toddler

I posted about working out with a newborn (almost 2 years ago). That’s when I thought it was a little tough to fit in all my training sessions while I had newborn to take care of. Little did I know, it gets a lot harder when you have a toddler running around instead of a sleepy baby who will nap or play while you swing some kettlebells or do some squats.

Goblet squat with baby

Believe me, I’ve used the “I don’t have time” excuse for other things. You know, like mopping the floor. However, I really do believe that if you want to do something badly enough, you have time. If you don’t want to do something or don’t value it enough, then you’re right, you probably don’t have time.

Even if you don’t enjoy exercise, I bet (and hope) you value your life and your health. Ask yourself if you are making excuses so you don’t have to workout or if you really don’t have time. If don’t have time, it might be time to re-evaluate some other areas of your life to make time. I know firsthand how challenging it can be finding time to exercise when you have kids (or kid in my case) so sometimes you have to get a bit creative.

This week’s challenge for the Sistas of Strength Team (have you joined yet…would love to have you!) for the Under Armour What’s Beautiful Campaign that I’m doing as part of my involvement with Fitfluential is to find time to workout at a time when you’d usually make an excuse not to get it done.

What time can you use to fit in a workout where you don’t usually make time?



  1. Helping kids get fit by promoting great children’s health & fitness classes

  2. Been struggeling for months after my pregnancy to find time again to start doing some sport. Finally, with better organization, i managed to do so. Release!!

    • YAY! You must feel so good and congrats to you for taking the time to make it happen. That’s probably the hardest part is figuring out WHEN and HOW. Once you are there I bet it feels almost easy. :)

  3. This is such a great post Amanda. It IS hard trying to fit in time to workout with everything else going on. I know that there are definitely days that I do not want to workout because I’m too stressed or busy or frazzled but it’s exactly those days when I NEED a workout. My perspective has also changed since become a parent. I used to think that a workout of less than an hour wasn’t worth it at all. Now I’ve realized that I can get a pretty damn good workout in 20-30 minutes.
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  4. Great post and Happy Anniversary!!!!

  5. I absolutely am glad you posted this and are being honest, and totally agree with you – not that I know what it’s like to juggle being a mom and trying to fit exercise in, but I think you can replace ‘being a mom’ with ‘having a 16 hour a day job” or whatever it is that sucks the most time out of your day and there is your excuse too…and if it’s important enough, you make time. Mopping the floor? meh. Being fit and happy, priority. No excuses. Agree.
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  6. I never used to understand this myself but I just started working again and finally understand why so many people have said it. It’s true, you really have to make a conscious effort to make time and it’s so not easy. And you’re right, it’s not optional. I need to work out and when I don’t, everyone pays for it, I’m a total grump! But sometimes it’s a matter of choosing an hour of my only two hours of the day to see my children and that breaks my heart. I’m still trying find the best way to make it work, but boy has it been a process! Can’t wait till it all becomes routine soon.
    christieo recently posted..Working Mom vs. Stay at Home Mom: That Age Old Question.

  7. I couldn’t agree more. I am a mom with a full-time job and 2 small children, and I still find time to workout. I have found that for me it works best to get my workout in first thing in the morning, which means 5am for me. It’s thought getting up then and something I never dreamed of doing pre-kids, but its my reality now. Some morning I can’t get up and workout in the evening instead, but I am more likely to make excuses and miss those workouts because while I am tired at 5 am I am more tired at 7pm.

    Thanks for being such an inspiration!

  8. Nope, I’m with you on this. And yup, I have NO IDEA what it’s like to juggle a small child plus a job, plus your workouts, plus time with your husband, etc., I DO think that if you want ‘it’ bad enough, you’ll find time for ‘it’ — whatever that ‘it’ might be. I just think it’s so important to not lose sight of yourself and your own needs when life gets busy with whatever busy-ness comes your way. It might not always be a perfect workout, or in the timeframe you want it to happen, but fitting in what you can, when you can is still important. Not just for your physical well-being but mentally, too. I’m so glad you posted about this, it’s an important issue I think (and near and dear to me as I have family/friends who fall into the ‘excuses’ camp and I wish, wish, wish I could help them get out of their own way and put themselves first a little bit more…). awesome words from you, as usual!
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  1. […] A lot of you ask what I do for training. Here’s a compilation I put together for the What’s Beautiful campaign of my strength training workout from this morning. I posted this on my team page {Sistas of Strength} and would love for you all to join me and post your pictures and videos of your workouts this week/weekend when you MAKE TIME, NOT EXCUSES. […]

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