Finding time to exercise

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  1. teacherguy111

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    Hello,
    How do you guys find time to exercise? I am a coach also and am finding it so hard to actually find time to go and exercise. I also have a young family and do not like to spend too much time away (as I already do with coaching!)

    I want to try and play basketball more often when I am not in coaching season. But need some options for during the season aswell.
    I feel like it is effecting my mental health too.
     
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  3. dgpiaffeteach

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    I only have fur babies and a BF, so it's probably easier for me, but I do spend two hours in my car everyday. For me three things have helped:
    1. The gym is a mile from my house. That makes it much easier to want to go.
    2. I made connections at the gym with my fitness instructors and coaches. I missed a class one week and the next week, she made a point to tell me they missed me. That really helps my motivation.
    3. My best friend is also trying hard to exercise. She helps motivate me even though we don't go to the same gym.

    I also really love the class I do on Thursdays. So even when friends invite me out, I usually say no. I also know I need to get healthy. This is the longest I've ever stuck to a workout plan since high school, and it's only been a month and a half. But I'm loving it!
     
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    I know a couple who are both teachers and are committed to staying in shape. At one point they both coached, though they phased that out as they had kids. They joined a gym that has child care for if they are on a solo mission. Otherwise, they alternate a lot so one is with the kids and the other working out, including working out in the mornings before work or on the weekends one works out and then the other. I think the reason it works is their commitment to it and support of each other. They do well but don't have a ton of money, and usually gyms with child care are pricier, but it is a worthy expense to them.

    For the record, they seem like the happiest couple I have ever met.

    Good luck!
     
  5. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    As a coach why don't you set the model and take a few laps with the team?

    I tutor most days after school but find time at least every other day to ride stationary bike or run. You can find time if you make it a prority :thumb:
     
  6. Ms. I

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    You just have to make yourself go! I struggle w/ finding time to squeeze in exercise too! I'm not an early morning person, yet once I get home at the end of the day, I rarely feel like going back out. Fortunately, I also live very close to my gym. My apt complex has one too, but I never go there. The ideal time I like to go is during the 1 or 2pm hour since it's least crowded.

    You could also hire a trainer like I did once, so you know you've paid for the pricey services & now obligated to go. When I did it, I liked that better than I thought.

    I'm getting ready to go walk some laps at my indoor shopping mall in 30 min. I also like walking there.
     
  7. teacherguy111

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    Thanks for the tips. I do demonstrate, do a few drills with the basketball team... but I mean proper exercise that really raises my heartrate etc. I played basketball in college and obviously we had planned practices etc and I was playing every day. I just find it really hard now that I don't 'have' to go to basketball.
     
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    I'm not an early morning person so I don't go in the morning before school. For me, as long as I have my gym bag packed in the car and ready to go after work, I'm more apt to go to the gym on my way home. I'm lucky in the fact that the gym is on my way home so I just stop by at least 4 days a week. I also have 2 fur babies that love walking so my daughter and I will walk them. My daughter is old enough now that she's able to stay by herself for the time it takes me to work out.
     
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    We walk around our neighborhood...hilly so it can get your heart going.

    **Edit not right now...too cold & snowy...3 other seasons we do!!!
     
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    Although I am a morning person, I hate getting up early just to exercise. I'd much rather stay under the covers and keep pushing the snooze button lol. But I make myself get up anyway because I know I won't exercise once I'm done with work.
     
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    Yes!

    I use to coach Cheerleading and would workout with my girls. I forgot how hard tumbling and stunting was. :dizzy:

    Now I just make sure I plan for the gym-- literally put in my planner when I am going and what workout I am doing.

    If it's important enough to you-- you'll make the time.
     
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    I totally know this feeling! I was on the swim team in college and boy not "having" to go to practice really makes me never go to practice! :lol:

    It seems like you were/are a true athlete so I know that perhaps lesser workouts don't seem to be worth it, but I've read recently that 15-30 minutes of "slow running" a day is really good for you. Is it that two hour, twice a day, heart pounding, vomit-inducing workout you're used to? No. But you've got to remember doing something is better than nothing. Take advantage of your weekends, and maybe even your planning periods. Get in some squats, push-ups, wall-sits, etc during your planning period. Then do 30 minutes of running (or whatever) when you get home. Get in real workouts on the weekend.

    Remember- something is better than nothing!
     
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    Aren't you working at home, Ms I? I'd NEED to get out everyday or I'd go stir crazy!:dizzy:! Maybe thats why you can get to the gym between 1-2? Teachers generally aren't going to make it during those hours although I have logged some walking mileage during lunch hour....a few colleagues an I sometimes walk into town for coffee and back.:thumb:
     
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    My husband is also a coach. He has a core subject plus coaching two sports in the spring. During the week, he leaves at 6:15 and isn't home until at least seven and is usually not home until eight. On Saturdays he has to leave anywhere between five and seven and isn't home until six or seven.

    Finding time to exercise is almost impossible. We go walking together so we can get to spend some time together about three times a week. We usually go to the high school track because it is lit better than the streets. On Sundays, he hardly sits still working around the house and yard.
     
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    The only way I can squeeze is it in is in the morning. I recently bought an ellitpical machine and have been getitng up at 4:30 am to do my workout. I am too tired after work, so this is the only time that works for me.
     
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    I have recess duty once a week. I try to spend that time walking laps as I watch the kids.

    I've found that once I sit down, after I get home, I'm done for the day. Therefore, I try to walk the treadmill as soon as I get home or after the dinner dishes are done. I find having a really awesome book on my kindle is a huge motivator. The only time I'll read/listen to it is when I'm on the treadmill.
     
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    I'm thinking about buying a set of kettlebells or some sort of portable equipment. I hate going to the gym, mainly cuz of the crowdedness. I'd like to just pull over at a park anytime I feel like it (on the way home), bust out the kettlebells, and get in a quick, hard session. Then go home, shower, and enjoy the rest of the evening.
     
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    I change clothes at school, then I'm ready to go and less likely to just decide to go home. I also walk at the park next to my school before I leave to get my kids from their preK.
     
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    I do this too. I can be the queen of excuses and would find that even if I got into the car fully intending to drive to the gym after school, I'd often come up with something that I needed to do instead. If I'm already in my gym clothes, I'm committed, haha. It also helps with accountability since my work friends see me leaving in my gym clothes every day.

    OP, it sounds like you would benefit from something that's really intense but really short, like T25. I have several friends who like that program. If you can stomach getting up early, it also seems that it would be easier to get up 30 minutes earlier and get the workout done so you don't have to worry about it after school with your other responsibilities.
     
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    I usually workout as SOON as a finish school. I pack my clothes and shoes with me. Once the bell rings, I make sure to drive straight to the gym, instead of home! Now I do not have any kids or furbabies so this may sound easier said than done.

    Why not talk a jog around your neighborhood with your littles? Even if its for only 15 minutues. Something to get your heart rate up.

    Or, invest in a home gym, complete with cardio equipment, benches, dumb-bells, squat racks, barbells, etc. You could have your littles in there with you while you work out. Keep them occupied by letting them ride their bikes (depends how big they are), in a walker, or anything!

    :)

    Hope this helps!:)
     
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    Once I have finished coaching… which could be as early as today. I really want to either go right after work for some type of exercise. Or have certain days a week that I will go to basketball open gym. I am hoping this will help me be more alert and happy. I have found myself getting overly angry recently. The other day (after 3 snow days -my school teaches online for snow days) for me, I was going crazy and got my car stuck in the driveway. I got unbelievably angry and could not calm down.

    Need an outlet lol.
     

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