Workout Buddy: Working Out On the Go

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Last month I let all of you in on how my boyfriend and I stay motivated and told you our workout routines. This month we are discovering how hectic schedules and injuries can throw kinks in your workout plans.

First, we learned hectic schedules can make working out difficult. Mat is in his final semester at the University of South Florida, working, interning, and involved on campus. This doesn’t allow for a lot of free time, but there are ways to get in that daily workout in your busy schedule.

I suggest reading while walking on a treadmill or reading while using the elliptical. You won’t notice the time passing by and even if you aren’t going full speed, you are still moving.  Also, while you are on your lunch break at work go for a walk around the building. It won’t’ take long, but will help you feel energized.

Another tip would be by using your everyday activities to burn a few extra calories and get your blood moving. For example, you can park at the back of the parking lot instead of the front. While making dinner do squats, jumping jacks, etc. You are already in the kitchen and as the saying goes, “a watched pot never boils.”

My Back Brace

These may not be the intense sweat burning workouts you had in mind, but sometimes we have to improvise when life gets too busy.

After we realized how busy life can be, I ran into a problem with my hip. I have had hip problems for as long as I can remember, but doctors shrugged it off and showed me how to cope with the pain, so for years that is exactly what I have done. However, last Thursday shooting pains began in my lower back and hip.  After a few visits to a chiropractor, x-rays, and a day of not walking I was instructed to wear a back brace when I am sitting for long periods and to avoid treadmills and sit-ups for the next month.

This does not fit into my workout plan of abas and cardio three times a week, but I have to listen to my body. I have taken the week off from the gym and focused on my stretches. Next week when I go back, I will be taking it easy and using the elliptical for a low impact workout.

How do you handle hectic schedules and life getting in the way of your workout plans? I would love to hear your tips!


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