Staying Fit When Life Gets Busy

Busy?  If you are in a season of being busy, you’re not alone.  If you aren’t, chances are, you have been there.  Life comes in seasons, and some of those seasons can feel downright overwhelming.

Maybe you just had a baby, maybe your job is crazy, maybe you are going through some stuff that is requiring you to make some adjustments to your normal routine.  We’ve all been there.  I am personally there right now.

When you are busy, the first two things to typically go are your quiet time and your health.  You decide you could definitely use your quiet time or workout time to be “productive.”  Suddenly, you start skipping workouts and you find yourself running for take out since you don’t have time to cook.  You are busy.  It’s time to stop using “busy” as an excuse. Look around…everyone is busy.  Busy doesn’t have to equal unhealthy.

 Just because you are in a season of “busy” doesn’t mean that you can’t stay fit.  In fact, with some minor adjustments and a change in mindset, you can maintain your level of fitness or even make gains during a season of life where everything seems absolutely crazy.  Here are some of my keys to staying fit when my life is moving at 100 mph.

Navigating Sam’s Club – What I Buy in Bulk

I must say, I am often a little intimidated by all of the bulk items available at our local Sam’s Club.  I have been a member of Sam’s for years, and I shopped there pretty often when my kids were little.  However, when we moved, and our new house was about 30 minutes from Sam’s my shopping days ended.  That was two years ago.

Recently, someone told me about the Scan and Go app at Sam’s.  I’m sure I am late to the party on this one, but it sounded magical.  See, my least favorite part about my trip to Sam’s was the checkout process.  Something about waiting in forever long lines, unloading everything, finding a box to fit it in, and then getting to the car just turned me off.  A few weeks ago, I decided to give the new app a try, and I’ve been back just about every week since.  I’ve listed a few of my favorite purchases below.

Staying Primal at the Beach and on the Boat

Sweet SUMMERTIME!  For us, summer is all about the beach.  We live in Florida, so we spend as much time as possible at the beach.  Whether we are boating, fishing, swimming, or just hanging out on the sand, we are around the beach a lot.  In the past, beach and boat days meant unhealthy food choices.  We would grab something at a restaurant for lunch, take cold chicken wings with us out fishing, load the boat down with chips, and we would often resort to sandwiches if we packed our lunch.  Over the last few years, we have finally found some favorite food ideas that don’t get old or leave us feeling deprived of “beach food”.  

Add Some Extra to your Tabata Workout

At FOF, we have been doing Tabata workouts for years.  If you aren’t familiar with Tabata, it’s a style of workout that takes one exercise and goes through 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for eight sets.  It is incredibly effective, and the beauty of Tabata is that you can use it for absolutely any exercise.  We usually stick to the traditional eight sets, but every once in a while, we throw in a different variation.  The Wednesday workout for this week is one of our Tabata variations – 10 Set Tabata.

Finding Motivation for Summer Running

Summer running….honestly for me, it is a struggle.  I probably should have asked Emily Speed to write this post since she is a committed summer runner.  But, I figured if you’re reading this, you are probably like me.  You and summer running might not have a good history.

We live in Florida.  It’s hot, it’s humid, and every year, I find it tough to stay motivated to run from May – August.  I come off of the Mt. Cheaha 50K feeling great and extra motivated, and I tell myself every summer that this year will be different.  I am going to run this summer.  And then, every year, I hang up my running shoes, and outside of my runs at Fixed on Fitness, I don’t hit the road.  This year, I’ve found a few tricks to help keep me going as the temps rise.

Grab a Weight…It’s Time for the Weighted Mile of Madness

We are taking it back to the basics today.  Spend some time focusing on form during the completion of each set.

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