5 Tips to Help Working Moms Find Time to Workout

5 Tips to Help working Moms Find Time to workout

Before becoming a mom, I was at the gym at least 5 days a week. My schedule was very flexible, too. I could choose go in the morning or any night after work and my workouts had no time limit. I would even spend some time relaxing in the sauna before heading home!

Now that I have a little one and I am back at work, I am constantly trying to figure out the best ways to even find time to get to the gym and still be a great mom to Rylee.

Mornings don’t work anymore because Dad leaves at 4:45 AM for the office, leaving no one home to watch Rylee if I were to head off for an early morning gym sesh.

So evenings are my only option. And what I have noticed with my current routine, is that I go to the gym for my regular workout and by the time I get home, Rylee is asleep and I feel horrible that I didn’t have the chance to play with her or tuck her into bed.

How do I fit in a great workout but also make the time to see Rylee all while staying sane and happy?

Well, I have been thinking about this a lot, so here are some of the tips that I have gathered throughout my personal experiences in the quest for balance. Hopefully incorporating some of these tips into our schedules as working moms will allow us to fulfill our motherly duties and still meet our fitness goals.

5 Tips to Help Working Moms Find Time to Workout:


Working mom or not, planning ahead is a great way to keep yourself committed to making it to the gym. In my situation, I just can’t commit to 5 days a week at the gym anymore without feeling guilty that I am missing out on quality time with my family.

So planning out my workouts ahead of time really helps me set expectations for the week. In order for me to feel like I am getting a good balance at home and at the gym, this will ensure that I am happy with my schedule and the time I am allotting for family and for the gym.

This is actually a great tip for anyone trying to maximize their time at the gym. Not only will it help us working moms get in and get out and still have a great workout, but challenging ourselves to a more intense level of exercise for 30 minutes can be just as good, if not better, than spending an hour or more of exercise at an easy-moderate intensity level.

In my planning schedule for this week, I am working on incorporating shorter interval and circuit training workouts into my routine. The interval training will be an intense and short 30 minute cardio workout that will get the calories burning right away and even help me work on speed training for my upcoming races.

And to keep my schedule interesting, I am going to switch up interval training with a full body circuit training workout on alternating days.


Taking a fitness class usually results in at least an hour at the gym. For me, attending classes in my current situation would mean that I would be coming home way passed Rylee’s bedtime and missing another night of playtime.

I absolutely love taking fitness classes because they motivate me to push myself harder and keep my routine interesting.

So allowing myself to commit to one class a week will give me the opportunity to continue to do something I love, while also setting the expectation that I may not get playtime with Rylee that night. I am willing to sacrifice that much to continue to focus on my wellness, but it is not something that I am willing to do more than once a week.

Weekends may seem like a good time to fit in a workout at the gym, but who wants to do that when you have your family together in one place with a whole day ahead of you to spend together?

Choosing family activities to do together that keep you active – but are still fun – are great ways to fit in some exercise over the weekend. Playing tennis, hiking local trails, taking a bike ride, taking a trip to the pool or beach are great ways to stay active as a family!


Yes, work out at work! If you are sitting at a desk all day, it’s not good for your body to be sitting in that position for so long. It can really take a toll on your body! So, make the effort to get up, walk to the water cooler, grab a coffee or even just stand and stretch at your desk.

The girls in my office and I have started taking squat breaks just to get our body moving and it feels great! We even did lunges around our entire office one day and it really makes a difference. Shh… don’t tell anyone but I was sore after a lap around the office!

I am looking forward to incorporating these tips into my routine on a daily bases and really hope that these tips can help other working moms find balance in their lives and make the time to stay fit and healthy by scheduleing time at the gym and maximizing their time there.

Working Moms Fitness Plan

Did you know that while writing this post and searching the web for fitness tips for working moms, that I did not find one fitness plan geared towards working moms?

I feel like this is a very important tool that can be used for so many working moms out there who want to workout but just can’t figure out how to manage that plus everything else. Trust me, I was there! I am really going to work hard to contribute my experiences as a working mom to motivate others to stick with their fitness routine. I know that it is possible to find balance and I am determined to create a plan that can stick for myself as well as other working moms who need a plan.

Please make sure to follow along as I focus on creating a great fitness plan for working moms out there!

3 Comments on 5 Tips to Help Working Moms Find Time to Workout

  1. Lenore Meyers
    February 4, 2014 at 6:44 pm (4 years ago)

    You’re inspiring!

    • Jane
      February 5, 2014 at 11:34 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you! That is what I hope to be! :)


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