How to Make Exercise a Part of Your Busy Routine

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Okay, first off…this post is not to discourage running or biking, or even the cursed treadmilling. But sometimes, life just gets crazy. And it’s just too hard to get to the gym. This post is meant to encourage you during those times. Just because you don’t have time, or just plain don’t feel motivated to go to the gym, doesn’t mean you can’t get your exercise in. Because I’m here to tell you that you can exercise while you vacuum!

Just because I am a mom doesn’t mean I don’t have time to take care of my body (I have to say that to myself repeatedly).

For me, it’s all about shifting my focus. If the gym isn’t going to happen (which is almost every day lately), then it’s up to me to make exercise a part of my everyday routines. It’s a challenge, but lately I’ve been making it a fun one.

I’ve discovered that I can make exercise a part of my daily cleaning routine, I can make exercise a part of playing with my kids, and best of all…I can have fun doing it (something I still haven’t experienced on the treadmill).

Ok, enough jibber-Jabber. Here’s my ideas thus far. And if I haven’t completely bored you by the end of this post, I’ve included a funny/embarrassing story from when I tried to make exercise “fun” in college. :)

How to include exercise into your Daily Routine and Make it Fun

Some of these ideas are just brilliant! Who needs the gym now?!! Ha!

  • Have dance parties with your kids. Dance like nobody’s watching and go crazy with your kids. Jump up and down repeatedly. Pretend you just won a million dollars and put it into dance form. I wish I could watch everyone doing this, I’m laughing just thinking about you all doing this in your living room. :)
  • Every time you need to go up or down the stairs, turn around and repeat the behavior before continuing your task (maybe even run the stairs during your second round). Try to go up and down the stairs a different way each time (hop on one foot, get down on your knees, skip 3 steps, etc.) Your kids might initially think you’ve gone bonkers, but I bet they join you (or lovingly mock you, depending on their age).
  • Race your kids. I try to use this phrase several times throughout the day: “I’ll race you!” It’s a great way to kick up your pace, as well as be fun and silly.
  • Park far, far away. Turn your disappointment with far away parking spots into excitement for the opportunity for another way to exercise. Maybe even run to the front of the store (please, please watch for cars)! Pretend that someone is paying you a dollar for each parking space further from the store that you park. In that case, I’ll park in Canada thank you.
  • When choosing your parking spot, park a distance away from the cart return. Unless of course this will encourage you to be a cart-ditcher. In that case, don’t do it. Also not a wise idea if you have a bundle of children in your arms. Unless of course you want aching on-the-way-to-being-super-BUFF arms, then this goes back to being a fantastic idea.
  • Do lunges while you vacuum. Not only will you increase your strength and flexibility, but your carpet is getting longer attention too :)
  • Try new exercise videos that you’ve never done before. You all know why I LOVE Amazon prime (worth every penny), but here’s just one more reason: TONS of free exercise videos. I use our ROKU to stream Amazon onto our non-SMART TV, and have been loving all the options I have (today was Hot Body Yoga), HA! Bonus, she even tells you that you are powerful and beautiful and strong you are throughout the whole video. Just close your eyes and imagine she is your husband saying all the right things.
  •  The next time you clean your bathroom, set a timer and see how fast you can do it. I bet anything you break a sweat (and maybe even pull a muscle). Maybe pause the timer while you do the toilet bowl, no exercise is worth the slishety-sloshety on your foot! *gag*
  • When cleaning your room, put on classical music and pretend you are a synchronized swimmer. Seriously. Don’t take life too seriously. Just do it. Swim through your laundry. Use beautiful strokes as you dust. Take breaks to do dolphin kicks on your bead. {I Am in the silliest mood right now}.


My last tip is the best one: Walk everywhere!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for GB. I received a gift card to purchase a GB stroller to both facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation.

  • Walk EVERYWHERE. Once upon a time I spent our first 4 years of marriage without a second car. My meanie husband took our only car because he had to work. Which meant if I went somewhere, I walked. And walked. And it was so good for me. Need to return something to your neighbor down the street? Walk it there. And put the kids in the stroller and take them along. I don’t know about your kids, but sometimes I want to walk forever because my kids are soooo happy in a stroller! Window shopping is suddenly fun {said no one ever}, and walks to see that same ugly dog are delightful. My daughter could ride in the stroller visiting dogs ALL.DAY.LONG.

I recently purchased the GB Zuzu stroller from Babies “R” Us, and so far we are loving it. The stroller we bought when our daughter was born (part of a travel system) is awesome, but we never take it with us anywhere because it takes up our ENTIRE trunk. We resorted to an umbrella stroller which might go down in history as one of the most poor decisions of our life. It’s compact, but it makes me want to curse every time I use it. The darn think can’t steer worth a hoot and I feel like a hunchback when I push it (I’m tall).

The GB Zuzu stroller is the best of both worlds. It’s folds up compactly like an umbrella stroller, but has the functionality of the nicer strollers. I love the one-foot break system, the easy steering, the ease of folding/unfolding, and the small amount of space it takes up in our car!

Review of the Zuzu stroller


Zuzu stroller review


GB Zuzu stroller

Thank You Zuzu! I finally had a reason to get rid of our irritating umbrella stroller! :)

Embarrassing Story

As if this post wasn’t long enough, here’s the story I promised. Back in the college days, I made up what I called the “playground series” of exercise routines. It involved running up slides, jumping over swings, doing crunches from monkey bars, and anything else out of the ordinary that was fun and brought my heart rate up. I conned my roommate into participating with me, but one time I was home visiting my parents and I got my little sister involved. Since we were in my parents back yard, we incorporated the trampoline into our workout as well.

Well, I must have been particularly proud of this routine, because I told my parents to come watch our genius workout. As we were hurriedly jumping and squatting and running, I proceeded to do upside-down crunches on the monkey bars (we were only about 5 minutes into our workout). As I shouted the next steps to my little sister (probably in drill sergeant tone), my legs slipped and I fell right on my head.

It hurt. And my parents saw the whole thing. I don’t believe I have continued my “playground series” ever since.

But be my guest. I would avoid the monkey bars if I were you…



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Tina M
I'm six-foot tall mother of two and I'm enjoying the view! I use blogging as my creative outlet, swimming as my physical outlet, and the rest of my life revolves around my husband and girls (18 months apart). I enjoy warm summer rain, eating peanut butter by the spoonful, having dance parties with my husband and kids and I avoid folding laundry at all cost
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  1. Kirtley Freckleton @ The Gist of Fit says

    I didn’t know you fell on your head. Hillarious.
    Love your ideas Tina! You are super woman indeed!!

  2. Jeff says

    Love making house work fun and using the stairs for exercise choices. Creative, functional and fun!

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