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Finding Time to Workout - HELP!

I live in a rural community and travel 40 minutes to the city where I work. I'm new to PT and have recently started a wellness program for myself. I have been getting up at 4:30 to arrive at the gym at work by 5:30, and I exercise for 1 hour. I shower and start work at 7:00. When I leave at 3:30, I drive home...straight to my second job (I own my own business). I work at the shop until 7:00 or so (depending on the workload), then finally get home in just enough time to prepare dinner for the family. By the time dinner is done and the dishes are cleaned, it's pushing 9:00. I wind down by watching 2 hours of primetime shows (1 hour with the whole family, then it's their bedtime...and 1 hour of time for just me and my hubby).

The problem...I know I need to find time to exercise, because I have about 50 pounds to lose! The only thing is that I'm only getting about 5 hours of sleep a night. Is this unhealthy? I'm not sure what else I can do other than what I'm already doing. I could exercise on weekends, but that's only 2 days...or maybe a third day on Friday night...but I love Friday nights to kinda settle down and slip into a relaxed mode. Any suggestions?

Fri. Oct 5, 7:47am

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I have one huge suggestion, bag the tv watching and go for a walk with your family instead. My family and I end every evening with a walk. No, it doesn't raise your heart rate that much, but at least you are moving around and setting a better example for your children.

Friday, October 05, 2007, 8:52 AM

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I agree, ditch the tv (or better yet, get Tivo and only watch your absolute favorites on a night when you don't have to get up early the next day.) Instead of tv, maybe your family could help prepare tomorrow's dinner, so you don't have to spend so much time after a FULL day putting it on the table! You're doing great things for yourself, keep it up!!

Friday, October 05, 2007, 9:22 AM

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I workout during my lunch hour. Sure I'm a little sweaty in the afternoon, but sometimes I just can't fit that workout in otherwise.

Friday, October 05, 2007, 9:33 AM

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Are you married? If yes, can't he/she help prepare dinner a few nights a week? If not married, on weekends prepare a lot of meals and just nuke them through the week? Or can you buy a crock pot and use it? Preparing dinner takes a long time, if you can make that less time consuming, by trying one of the above, that would probably save an hour or so.

Friday, October 05, 2007, 10:25 AM

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OP Here - By the time I sit with the family, it's 9:00 and the kids bed time is at 10:00 (middle school and a high school senior). I think it is too late to go for a walk when they need to actually wind down themselves (my son works and is active in school sports. My daughter is also in school sports...and my husband works right along with me). When needed, and the kids are available, they come to the shop to help too. I thought about doing exercises during lunch...but that would only give me about 30 minutes to exercise (45 if I really push it). Is that enough? If so, what do you suggest? 30 minutes of cardio or strength (or some combination of both)?

Friday, October 05, 2007, 10:28 AM

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Get more bang for your buck and do 30 minutes of interval strength training. If you really challenge yourself you'll get a cardio workout, too!

Friday, October 05, 2007, 10:42 AM

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Also, you can workout 3 days a week, don't burn yourself out.

Friday, October 05, 2007, 10:53 AM

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If I work out 3 days a week, doing interval strength training, will that be enough to lose weight (again, I need to lose 50)

Friday, October 05, 2007, 11:23 AM

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I workout at home which saves me a bunch of time. I have a treadmill and a set of barbells. The treadmill was expensive, but there are other ways of getting cardio that don't cost so much. Weight training 3 days a week for a half hour and fitting in 10 minutes of cardio here and there 2 or 3 times a day will get you a long way. (Think of going up and down stairs for 10 minutes.) Check out The woman there is an inspiration and has great suggestions for a beginner's program. Good luck.

Friday, October 05, 2007, 12:10 PM

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Maybe I misunderstood, but it sounds like you are already getting an hour of exercise a day. While pumping up the exercise time might help with that extra 50 lbs, it seems that an hour a day should be plenty.

What are you doing during that hour? Maybe you can increase the intensity? Burn more calories in the same time by doing more intense cardio. And don't forget the strength training becasue the muscles you build will burn calories even when you are sitting down to wathc TV.

I would also advocate doing something at lunch, even if it's a 15-20 minute walk. This will get your matabolism going again for a few hours and help to curb the appetite too.

Good luck!

Friday, October 05, 2007, 12:12 PM

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