Susi May is a working mother of two. She works as a fitness editor and even she admits that she has a hard time fitting in her workouts. She says, "I know the benefits of regular sweat sessions and have plenty of workouts on hand, but it still feels like a struggle. Between working full time, mothering my two tween girls, trying to connect with my husband, and staying current with the latest TV shows . . . well, you know — life is full."
But she makes it work. She says that she needs to make it work. Not because it is appropriate for her to do so as a fitness editor, but for other reasons. "One, I've accumulated a lot of injuries in my active life and if I don't move almost daily, my body aches," she says. Secondly, I need a good sweat session to help my mood and manage stress — if I have any hope of feeling happy, I better get my blood pumping. May also says she likes to cook and bake and indulge now and then, so regular exercise helps her manage her weight.
, May shares a typical week in her life, from a fitness standpoint:
8 a.m., 90-minute walk in my hilly neighborhood with a friend and a coffee in hand.
4 p.m., 30 minutes of bodyweight strength training after grocery shopping and before cooking dinner.
6 a.m., 25 minutes of cardio following the T25 Focus DVD by Shaun T
. I love a dose of Shaun in the early morning. I made my husband do the workout with me. We were done by 6:30 — the time our daughters' alarms went off.
8:15 a.m., 60-minute bike ride between school drop-off and the time I get online and begin my workday from home (I am lucky to be able to use what would be my normal commute time to exercise; I am very grateful for this perk). My husband did this ride with me. And honestly if he hadn't gotten my bike out, pumped up my tires, and filled my water bottle, I would have skipped it.
Rest day with 5 minutes of Pilates ab work and 5 minutes of stretching — my aching back doesn't take a real rest on rest days.
6:15 a.m., 30-minute strength training mixed with cardio using this Class FitSugar video 300-Calorie-Burning Video Workout
, which kicks my ass and I love it. I did this with my husband via YouTube on Apple TV. This time I was the instigator who got us both up and working out.
1 p.m., 20 minutes of lunchtime yoga — mostly Sun Salutations and standing poses.
6:30 p.m., 20-minute walk with my dog — I hit as many hills as I could while letting her stop and sniff at only a third of the spots she was interested in smelling.
I was supposed to go swimming and I didn't. I took a nap instead. While I felt a little guilty about skipping the pool, the nap was glorious. I think I needed the rest and I listened to my body.
Staying in motion on the weekends and committing yourself to another person for at least one 'fitness date' a week is a really great way to fit in some workouts. There are lots of ways, it just takes a little ingenuity.
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