How Do You Stay Fit with a Busy Schedule?

With school in full swing, it’s the time of year when parents feel the renewed pressure of managing personal and professional responsibilities. Those without children can also see their daily schedules fill up during the hectic autumn season. Do you use a lunch break for a walk? Do you fit in a session at the Cooley Center after work? Tell us how you try to stay fit amidst the daily grind.

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Terri September 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

I power walk every day after I eat my lunch and have been doing this for about 4 years. It is a shame to waste all the East Baltimore real estate!! I incorporate inclines by utilizing Monument and Orleans street. On bad weather days - I walk inside the buildings and incorporate the stairs several times. On the weekends - it is mostly housework and other chores.

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Karen Tong September 5, 2014 at 10:25 am

I'm trying out the Wellnet gym at JHBMC for a month and trying to use it on my lunch break. I also like to exercise in the morning before work by going for a jog.

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Bonnie C September 5, 2014 at 10:01 am

I live about 1.5 miles south of the Charles @ Baltimore St. metro subway station. Most mornings I walk from my home to the subway (taking 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic lights). And I've recently incorporated using the steps when I can (up one flight or down two flights - trying to work up to walking up two flights & always walking down the steps). It's sometimes difficult, especially if you're really in a hurry, to take that many steps up. Walking is free (but I'm trying to get my husband to agree to joining a gym with a pool, so I can try to stay active even when the weather won't cooperate).

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Kathy September 5, 2014 at 8:39 am

I walk for about 20 minutes in the morning and during my lunch hour. If the weather is nice, I walk outside, and if not, I walk inside. If I'm walking inside, I walk up the steps from the outpatient center to make it more of a challange. I walk on the weekends to, if the weather and my schedule allow for it. Walking is free, so I don't need to pay for a gym.

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Dolores September 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

I take the stairs at least 3 times a week. 🙂 I am not alone. Many of my colleagues do also. I see some of them every day!

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Catherine September 5, 2014 at 9:37 am

Yes! I take the stairs every single time unless I'm loaded down with equipment. I see everyone else taking the elevaors and escalators when they could get a quick workout for free. Why would any ambulatory person choose to take the escalator??! Taking the stairs is faster as well.

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Veronica G September 5, 2014 at 7:35 am

As a ful time employee during the day and a part time student in the evenings it is very hard to incorporate my school schedule once the semester had started and still maintain a fitness lifestyle. I do try to keep it simple the first week school starts with just taking a brisk 30 minute walk during my lunch break. The following weeks of the semester I try to incorporate an early morning cardio at the gym about 3-4 days a week. Plus my food choices are healthier and full of vegetables and fruit to keep me alert throughout my long days of work and school.

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