How to Find Time to Exercise When You’re Too Busy

Just Show Up

This time of year, it’s crazy busy for most everyone.  Finding time to stay healthy can tumble down the priority list pretty quick.  That’s why I collapse all of my goals into this single thought:  Just show up.  I show up, then I listen to my body.  No time clocks.  No calorie burn rates.  Just me, whatever time I’ve got, and whatever my body can handle that day.

This simple idea keeps healthy habits alive because it nurtures momentum.  I can eat too many treats.  I can detour my workout away from what I had planned.  But I can’t lose my momentum.  Once that’s gone, it is so-so-so-so hard to get back up.

Here’s what keeping momentum looks like for me this month:

  • Walking the dog down the street instead of doing that full hour in the gym.
  • Plugging in a 15 minute yoga DVD instead of staying for the 5:30 pm class.
  • Blending my green smoothie, even though there’s a party with a buffet waiting for me tonight.
  • Rolling around on the floor to stretch my back and lube my joints because I woke up too late to do the 15 minute yoga DVD.

This time of year, I have to narrow my focus and just show up.  There’ll be plenty of time later to ramp back up, and I’ll have all that momentum to propel me forward.


Shelby lives in Missoula, Montana where she works out at The Women’s Club Health and Fitness Center


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13 responses to “How to Find Time to Exercise When You’re Too Busy

  1. Marcia Stehouwer

    It’s funny that you should post this today! I went to the gym this morning and rode the bike. Nothing else had any appeal to me, so I came home and enjoyed my coffee.
    I joined my gym on January 3, 2011 and I’ve been there almost every single weekday. Some days are like today. Others I work up a sweat and a half. Either way, showing up is key!


  2. sweetopiagirl

    Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss.


  3. I love your attitude! This is such sound advice.
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  4. Reblogged this on Charms Health & Beauty and commented:
    I wanted to share this blog post with you, as due to health issues I can totaly relate to this article. Enjoy 🙂


  5. very sound advice and I might add to find a routine that you honestly can be consistent with, if that’s 5 min a day….Great! You’ll build from there as habits change.


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  8. Shelby, this is so awesome a blog post. Your wisdom is what I used the other day. I got off work and felt tired and just did not want to work out. Then I remembered one of your blog followers talking about this blog and the just show up attitude. So I showed up to run as far as I wanted and ended up running 4 miles of hills. By the way I lost 242 in two years, so no problem for you to lose 100 in one year. Keep up the good work and the great blog. Once you get it off the keeping it off is the next struggle. I am going to read this to my small group at church that I started for getting people fit and healthy spiritually and physically.


    • Dear asd539, Wow! You inspire me! My heart is bursting with thankfulness at your comment right now. You see, I’ve been searching for my “purpose” in God for the last 6 years. At times, it has felt pointless. But, wanting to help people grow spiritually has never left me The fact that you’re going to share this in church means so much to me. I feel like God is helping me find my purpose in my journey towards health. It’s a double-dose of miracles! Thank you so, so much. Congrats on the 4 miles, too! Whew! Shelby


      • Well, your writing is an inspiration to me. Get used to miracles, because when you take a step toward God, He comes running for you. That’s why self-control is a fruit of the spirit. Too coo.!! David


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