How to Fit Exercise into Your Busy Day

Do you ever feel like you are too busy to exercise?

Believe me, I get that! I am a busy mom of 6 and I work outside the home part time. I have used the “too busy” to exercise excuse many times. Some days I really am too busy but other days I just use that as an excuse.

It can be hard to fit exercise into your already busy day but it’s not impossible.

You can always find excuses not to exercise but if it is really important to you, you will make time!


Exercising is important to me. It don’t always “feel” like it but I always feel better when I do.

I feel stronger and lighter. I’m happier and it helps me make healthier choices in what I eat and drink throughout the day.

Daily exercise is a great way to boost your mood naturally!

It takes a little creativity (some weeks more than others) and planning ahead but my goal is to exercise 5 times a week.

Walking is my favorite form of exercise – especially when I can walk outside. There is just something about being outside that makes the time go faster for me. I mean does anyone really love walking on a treadmill??

I’m also not very coordinated so it’s something I don’t have to think about. 


Sometimes I listen to music but many times I use that time to pray for whatever and whoever comes to mind.

One creative way I have fit exercise into my day over the years was utilizing the time around my children’s sports practices and games.

This always worked well when my children were in Little League baseball or softball. They would usually have to be at the ball park at least 30 – 45 minutes early to practice before a game. I would use that time to go for a walk or run. It worked really well.

If you have a child (or children) in sports right now this may work for you. You might even find another mom who would love to walk with you!

Other ways to fit exercise into your busy day:

  • Break your exercise into 2 or 3 smaller sets of 10 to 15 minutes throughout your day.

  • Take a walk during your lunch break.

  • Get your supper/dinner in the oven and do a workout dvd while your food cooks.

  • Wake up earlier in the morning and exercise before your busy day gets started. (In my ideal world this would happen often but realistically it doesn’t!)

Remember some movement is better than none. Even a short 10 – 15 minute walk is better than nothing!!

How do you fit exercise into your day?