Weight Loss Support - How can I fit exercise in my busy day when I get all gross and sweaty??




neveragainbabe
06-27-2010, 11:30 PM
I have such a busy day, I get up early for work, do my hair and makeup which takes forever, and then I end up going out with my friends or my boyfriend after work. So let's say I ran after work, then I would need to shower and get ready all over again! I'm so jealous of guys. Showers are two seconds for them, and they don't need to do hair or makeup. How do you ladies conveniently fit exercise in your day? ....And yes, I know it would be logical to get up at like 5 AM, run, THEN shower and get ready for work... but yeah.. not happening. hahah. HELP!


ccook43091
06-27-2010, 11:44 PM
I had this same problem! But now instead of meeting up with friends for dinner or going out, we all meet at the track and go jogging together. I've learned to sacrifice some things (like going out every night) for my health and working in an hour of exercise a day. :)

Natalia
06-28-2010, 12:39 AM
you could exercise before bedtime, or when you are home for the night..that's what I do.
A lot of people at my work walk on their lunch but I can't; I get sweaty and my face turns beet red. lovely.


rockstar87
06-28-2010, 12:59 AM
I think you either need to find a way to do your hair and makeup faster and fit it in before work (it's so hard for me to workout when I come home at night), or you need to cut back on the going out with your friends/boyfriend. I know it's tough to break your routine, but it's the only way. If you're going out every night with them cut back to three or four times a week and exercise the days you don't. It's definitely an adjustment. You can't expect things to stay exactly the same though.

chnkymonkey
06-28-2010, 09:22 AM
I realize you are busy but if you want to work out you have to make the time to work out.

I don't mean to come off harsh here - but there are people busier than you that find the time to work out every day. Heck, I found time when I was a single mom to a toddler, working full time and going to school in the evenings.

I live in a hot climate, so I sweat when I work out too. During the cooler months, I change my clothes and walk or run at lunch. I get a 35-40 min workout in, and still have time to clean up (sponge bath in the sink at work), cool down, change, fix my make up and go back to work.

During the summer months when its too hot to go for lunch time workouts, I get up at 5am and work out. Yes - this is HARD! for me to do. We don't normally go to bed until after 11pm. I have to force myself to bed earlier and force myself up in the morning. But I do this 3 days a week.

On my off days, I'll hit the gym in the evening. My hubby knows that I'm going and we just spend time together later.

And then there are my weekends. We almost always do something active on the weekends together as a family. Whether it be biking, mountainbiking, boating or diving, we are active and burn calories together. It may not always be the most energetic or burn the most calories, but its activity and doing it together, so its quality time. In the end, it also makes it easier for the time alone for the other workouts during the week.

Finally - don't be a slave to hair and makeup. Learn to love your natural beauty. Women can look fabulous without spending a ton of time on hair and makeup.

If this is something you want you have to make it happen.

AnnieDrews
06-28-2010, 09:39 AM
I'm on the "bite-the-bullet-and-get-up-early-to exercise" bandwagon. I get up between 5 and 5:30 on weekdays and exercise before I shower. I've really had to concentrate on getting to bed early enough to compensate for this, but I am LOVING how I feel from getting the exercise. I am only now realizing (at 48) that exercise is a necessary part of life for me. I'll do what I have to do.

Try to find ways to cut back on makeup and hair time and that should help, too.

sacha
06-28-2010, 10:41 AM
I realize you are busy but if you want to work out you have to make the time to work out.

I don't mean to come off harsh here - but there are people busier than you that find the time to work out every day. Heck, I found time when I was a single mom to a toddler, working full time and going to school in the evenings.

If this is something you want you have to make it happen.

Not harsh at all, very true! Those of us here with babies, older kids, and other obligations will say the same thing! You have to make time for it and choose what is more important - spending 2 hours with friends (instead of 30 minutes or one hour - or 7.5 hours of sleep instead of 9), or fitting in an exercise plan. You can have it all (yes!) but you have to cut something back.

dancerindenver
06-28-2010, 11:22 AM
neveragain - this is a tough one for a lot of us that don't have a close relationship with 5am :) Like some of the previous posters, I've turned a lot of my social time into exercise/social time. Meeting friends after work or on the weekend to walk loops in the park, go rollerblading or running. Even date nights are more likely to be walking to restaurant a few miles away and now my bf actually looks forward to that part. Good luck and let us know how it's going!

Moondance
06-28-2010, 11:37 AM
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got. Change isn't always easy.

chnkymonkey
06-28-2010, 11:52 AM
this is a tough one for a lot of us that don't have a close relationship with 5am Like some of the previous posters,

Let me clarify - I HATE, hate, hate, hate!!! 5am. But with 100 degree temps - its the coolest time to work out. I don't like it, I don't want to be there and I struggle to work out as hard as I would if it were an evening workout. But I'm there and I'm doing it because that is the time I can do it.

So, just because that is when we work out, doesn't mean we like being up at that time. The woman I work out with choses 5am workouts because of her son. She's able to get up, workout and be back home before her son gets up. Her hubby will get the baby up at 6:30 and start the day, and when she gets home and showers then takes back over on the baby duties while her hubby gets off to work. He then works out in the evening while she can spend time with the baby.

Everyone makes sacrifices to work out and fit it into their own busy schedules.

During the school year, my workouts shift back to evenings - as I'm up at 5am to get ready for work, drive the kid to school then go to work. He's at school by 7am, I'm at work by 7:30. I leave at 4pm to pick him up and drive him to his sporting practices. While he is at practice, I go workout somehwere then pick him back up and we go home. Those days we leave the house at 6:10am and return home at 9:15pm. You want to talk about busy! But those are also the days that I'll squeeze an extra workout in at lunch too.

sacha
06-28-2010, 11:59 AM
Also, you can get in a decent workout 3 days per week. 3 days per week is all it really takes, adding more is just a plus. You can say "no" to the boyfriend and friends 3x per week, even if it is just for 1 hour each. 3 hours out of 168 hours per week is nothing at all when you consider the benefits of the exercise :)

AnnieDrews
06-28-2010, 12:04 PM
I hate 5 a.m., too. Never been a morning person at all I just know the benefits of doing this, at least for me, far outweigh the reasons not to.

Another suggestion.....Find something workout-wise that you can do in your own home. That will cut down on time required to get your exercise in each time.

Beach Patrol
06-28-2010, 12:29 PM
My mama always said "life is like a box of chocolates"... oh wait, no, that was Forest Gump's mom!!!!

MY mama always said "you can have ANYthing you want. But you can't have EVERYthing you want."

So yeah, I agree with others here - if you want to find/make time for exercising, you will. And remember, "sweat equity" is good. ;) :D

thesame7lbs
06-28-2010, 01:04 PM
MY mama always said "you can have ANYthing you want. But you can't have EVERYthing you want."

What an amazing quote! I love this. I may have to print it out and hang it up. I know it would make my husband happy...

Neveragain, I know you are 19, and I know at 19 I would not have considered 5 am, nor was I a big fan of cutting back on time with friends or bf. Not doing my hair or makeup, on the other hand -- I never mind skipping those. All the moms in my neighborhood run around in ponytails and sweaty workout clothes all day... then again, we also drive minivans. :(

A few months ago I felt like I couldn't fit my workouts into my day, but I've found that by making it my #1 priority, I can get it done, 5 or more days a week. I had to give other things up -- like lingering over my coffee while reading the news. It was a little time-waster that made all the difference -- if I spent that time getting dressed and packing my gym bag instead, I'd be ready to go when the girls left for school and I could work out before my toddler needed to get home to nap. And maybe some errands get pushed off a day or two or we eat leftovers because I didn't make it to the market. That's the way it goes.

What do you do *right* after work? Do you really *have* to go straight to meet your friends/bf? Can't you spare 45 minutes to work out + 45 minutes to primp? Can you streamline your hair and makeup routine? What's the bare minimum you can be happy with?

If being thin and fit were easy to do and didn't require any sacrifice, we'd all be thin and fit. Think about what you really want, and then commit to what you need to do to make it happen...

saef
06-28-2010, 01:21 PM
There's another bonus probably from skipping going out a couple nights a week. And that is, I bet that will reduce your calorie intake. How much do you usually eat & drink when you're hanging out with them?

Personally, I'd rather have the better-looking body (and the clothes that go with it) when going out fewer nights a week.

MaddiesMom
06-28-2010, 01:25 PM
I have a full time job, a toddler and a husband at home. Getting up at 5:00 is a normal thing for me, but that's just to get ready for work! There's no way I could get up at 4 a.m. to exercise.

So, I work, pick up my daughter, dinner with family, clean up, put toddler to bed, and then I get to work out. Some nights I don't get to go until 8:00, but I made it a priority. You just have to decide what is more important - do you really spend every night after work with friends? Can you do that twice a week and then work out the other 3? What about weekends? There are tons of possibilities, you just have to make the priority.

Petite Powerhouse
06-28-2010, 01:48 PM
I don't redo my hair or makeup after working out. I wear my hair up to work out and leave it up, and I quickly touch up my makeup, but that's it. I jump in the shower for two minutes.

lights76
06-28-2010, 01:58 PM
I have a toddler and a preschooler too...I run a minimum of 3 miles at lunch time (at a gym) at least 3 days a week. I just freshen up (sometimes a quick shower, time permitting) and head back to work. I leave deoderant and yummy smelly lotion in my desk drawer. I also take a Boot Camp class M-Th @ 5:15 AM, go home, shower, and head to work by 7:30AM. My husband works out alot too so we do alot of balancing to make sure we get enough time for both of us.

ninepaw
06-28-2010, 04:47 PM
I have all of the time in the world, so I really can't help you on the fitting exercise in front... It's just something you have to make adjustments for.

I can say, though, that I've never found exercise to be convenient. Ever. There will always be something I would rather be doing, I think... But I get up and find time in my not-all-that-busy schedule to do it, because I know that I need to. Just some food for thought.

Shyanara
06-28-2010, 05:03 PM
Well, I find spending time with friends more important than regular exercise, too. But why not have both? Why not go and play badminton with a bunch of friends on a regular basis? Or go inline skating? Or joing dancing classes with the bf? Sometimes, we can actually have everything. ;)

There are limitless options, exercise doesn't have to mean running or going to the gym!

I also second the idea of streamlining your beauty routine. I am someone who needs a full shower, including washing my hair, after any kind of exercise, too - but I learned to do it within a very short time frame (15 minutes if I let my hair dry naturally, 30 if I want to dry/straighten it). For example - do you really think your boyfriend would mind your hair being not perfect if he knew it was because you are getting fitter? ;)

Oh, and I have a question... don't you have showers etc in the gym in the States? I am just curious, because I know so many people who go to the gym from work, get showered there and go out with friends, all in one go, without time-wasting stops at home, and I was wondering...

chnkymonkey
06-28-2010, 05:08 PM
Oh, and I have a question... don't you have showers etc in the gym in the States?

Yes we do. Most gyms have showers. Mine even supplies hair dryers and a large vanity mirror with extra power outlets so woman can dry their hair even if they forget a drier.

Although, that being said, I've had my gym membership for 10+yrs and I've never taken a shower there. Even when I work out in the morning, I go home and shower. I think its a convienence factor, not having to bring the world to the gym with me in the morning. And you know us 'Mercin's ... we are lazy and like convienence. :)

neveragainbabe
06-28-2010, 06:22 PM
All the moms in my neighborhood run around in ponytails and sweaty workout clothes all day... then again, we also drive minivans. :(

hahaha you're funny! great advice to you and everyone!! :) i'm so motivated now!:hug:

Petite Powerhouse
06-28-2010, 08:10 PM
Yes we do. Most gyms have showers. Mine even supplies hair dryers and a large vanity mirror with extra power outlets so woman can dry their hair even if they forget a drier.

Although, that being said, I've had my gym membership for 10+yrs and I've never taken a shower there. Even when I work out in the morning, I go home and shower. I think its a convienence factor, not having to bring the world to the gym with me in the morning. And you know us 'Mercin's ... we are lazy and like convienence. :)

I never use the shower at the gym either. I always go home, jump in the shower, jump out, touch up my makeup, and go. And I sweat buckets when I work out. My hair gets soaked. I just wear it up to the gym and leave it up after. I wear it fancy and use a lot of hairspray so it keeps its shape throughout my workout, and I get compliments on it even after spending five hours at the gym. :dizzy:

Shmead
06-28-2010, 08:50 PM
You might try a different haircut, designed to be easy to wash/care for. It would be a radical change, but you are trying to make a radical change!

Also, if you are like a lot of young women I know, that primping time isn't just about hair and makeup--it's your time with yourself, when you think about your day and make plans and speculate about people you know. Exercise can also become your time with yourself, when you spend time thinking, so you may find that getting ready goes much more quickly when you aren't also ruminating on life.

And I get up at 4:30 during the school year and it sucks . . .well, it sucks all kinds of rude things. I hated it every single day--and I am a morning person. When they say weight loss is a lot of work, this is EXACTLY what they mean.

rockstar87
06-28-2010, 10:18 PM
It takes me two minutes to do my makeup. Literally. Some days I don't workout and might feel like spending a little more time on myself, but on days I do there are many ways I'd rather spend my time than in front of a bathroom mirror.

If I'm leaving my hair curly or pulling it back I can do my hair in about 10-15 minutes. I never straighten it before work if I'm working out in the morning because it just takes too much time. However, I used to hate working out before work because I just couldn't figure out how to manage my time best. It's a skill, for sure. Now when I go to the hairdresser I say I need something that's as low maintenance as possible (hence, why I had them show me how to do it curly).

You'll definitely get into a rhythm and probably start to like getting your workout's over with in the morning. Think how good it'll feel knowing you don't have to do it once you get home :).

Shyanara
06-29-2010, 05:45 AM
I think its a convienence factor, not having to bring the world to the gym with me in the morning. And you know us 'Mercin's ... we are lazy and like convienence. :)

Thanks for the answer. :) I'm actually the same there, as I don't like to drag everything around with me all day just to go to the gym at some point. :)
I just wondered, because I've never seen anyone mentioning the option of showering at the gym, which can sometimes be convenient, as well. ;)