Fitness, Health, Running

How I Balance Fitness, Work And Life

Hi friends! I hope you are having a good week so far. Training for a half marathon is time consuming to say the least. I would run after work 4 days a week. Once it was all said and done, I’d be busy until about 5:45 or 6 pm each night I had to run. That’s quite the commitment. In order to keep my balance in place, I did a few things each week. Now that the half marathon has passed, I’m still running but lower mileage than before.

I Write Down My Workouts

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I love my planner. Some of you may be more up to tech savvy with your planner but I love to put pen to paper when it comes to life organization. As soon as my runs would are uploaded, I take out my pen and planner to write them down. This would allow me to look ahead when I would plan things for next week or so.When I have strength workouts I want to complete, I write those down as well. It’s helps me feel like I “have” to get these done and gives me a the satisfaction of crossing them off when it’s complete.

I Get Everything Together The Night Before

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To make sure I don’t have to spend too much time after work getting ready to go run, I lay out all my clothes the night before. Everything from my sports bra and socks to my watch. When I pull my clothes out, I check the weather so I know what the best option will be. Knowing everything is ready and charged means I can mindless change, stretch then head out the door.

I Plan Dinners A Week In Advance

Before making my grocery list, I ask Alex what nights he won’t be home for dinner during the week and write it down. Then we go through and think of a few meals that we’ll want to have that week. This helps me know what I need to take out of the freezer or if I have to put something in the crock pot before we head to work. For me, I feel best on runs (and in general!) when I eat a healthy diet with treats when I feel like it. Knowing meals are planned helps take guess work out of getting food on the table after I run.

I Move During The Work Day

I work in an office that is connected to a million square foot warehouse. My job involves going into the warehouse and looking at the packages. When I go out I chose to walk and people always tell me I should drive the golf cart. Now sometimes I do but I prefer to walk. It helps me get movement during the day instead of just sitting at my desk.

One perk of working in a warehouse to develop packaging is that I need to conduct part fits from time to time. On days I know I have a lot of fitting to do, I’ll wear a stretchy dress shirt like this one. It helps me move easier and still look professional which is a plus.

Most of you probably don’t work in a giant warehouse but you can still get movement during the day. At past jobs, instead of messaging a coworker when I had a question, I would walk to their desk. Face to face contact is always a good thing plus you get movement. If you and a coworker have a meeting set, see if you can walk around and chat instead of sitting in a conference room.

I Give Myself A Break When I Need One

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Sometimes you have a bad day or a can’t pass up opportunity that comes along. If this happens, I either skip a run (if it’s recovery) or I switch the days around so I can get in a speed workout. If the run doesn’t happen that’s okay. One skipped run won’t kill your progress if it happens. It’s so much better to factor in your mental health than kill yourself to get a run in. Or even if you do get a workout in but you’ve had a bad day, a glass of wine and relaxing on the couch is just what your head needs so go for it!

Question of the day: How do you balance fitness/health with a busy work week?

26 thoughts on “How I Balance Fitness, Work And Life”

  1. I think balance is key to every part of your life. menu planning is such a key thing to me for so many reasons. I never understood why more people don’t do it. I can’t imagine trying to grocery shop without a meal plan in place. Glad you’ve found a way to make it all work for you

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    1. Having a meal plan makes it so much easier! I tend to just plan the main part which ends up being meat usually and rotate through veggies and sides that work well for us. It’s all about finding what works best for you!

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  2. Love this little insight into your life! Balance is key – training for a half marathon takes so much time it’s ridiculous. I love that you choose to walk around at work, I think I would do that too!

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  3. After reading this I realize we are the same person! I prefer writing down my workouts (and basically any plan for that matter) and I always have everything prepared the night before. It’s fun learning more about you!

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  4. AH! I totally love this post girl! I’m trying my best to find a new normal with going back to work full-time and still finding a way to keep balanced with life and work! I love seeing how others do it, so I love that you shared this! My hardest part is just feeling like I need about 10 extra hours in every day! HA! 🙂 I guess since that’s not do-able something else will have to give somewhere…;) These are great tips!!

    Have a great day Maureen!!

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    1. I’m so glad you love it Chelsea!! It’s definitely tough at first and took my trial and error to figure it out. Some days I get lots of things done and others I feel on top of the world just for making lunch haha. It’s a total back and forth but it balances out in the end which is perfect.

      I hope these tips help you Chelsea! Have a good one 🙂

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  5. I like to plan my week out in my planner. I can see the busy days and the quieter:) I also buy all my food on Sunday and make up my food that day. I get clothes ready for work and workout the night before- so, very similar to you:)

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    1. Exactly! That’s one of the best things about having it all written down in my opinion. Getting clothes together the night before makes such a difference. I got out of the habit for my work clothes but I need to get back into it asap.

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  6. I’m so stinky at meal planning! I really try but I need improvement in this area. I also need to move more at work. I do work out a few days a week but it’s pretty unorganized. I need to jot them down and plan ahead like you do.

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    1. I don’t plan every little meal and it really works for us! On Fridays, Alex and I go through the upcoming week to see if he’s going to be at any events after work and then I won’t plan a meal. I try to plan 2-4 meals a week depending on what we have going on and then we eat leftovers the other nights. Meal planning works best if I just write down the main part like crockpot chicken and then I’ll rotate through some veggies and sides that we both like.

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  7. Great post and it shows how organized you are! When I was training, I followed a plan and had it written down too. I don’t think I’ve ever been a week ahead with meals though, kudos to you!

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    1. I honestly think the reason we have healthy dinners is because of the general planning we do! It’s so helpful to know what has to get taken out of the freezer or to know to leave extra time to throw something in the crockpot before we head to work.

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    1. Thank you so much! I realized a while ago that if I don’t loosely plan dinners then they won’t be healthy. So I wrote a few things down and that works perfect for me. I hope you wrote down the best plan for your week!

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