Exercise Routine for the Busy Parent

My Exercise Routine for a Busy Parent

Disclaimer: I’m not a fitness expert, so I’m not responsible for any potential injuries that may occur. This is just what works for me.

As the holidays approach, so does all the not-so-healthy but oh-so-amazingly-delicious food that goes with it. And that also means I need to stick with my workout routine because I am NOT going to bypass all that scrumptious food. Not to mention all the Halloween candy that we still have in bowls on the counter that is just begging to be eaten.

Earlier this year, Justin and I started trying to workout every day, just a quick workout to try to help stay in shape. I wanted to lose the weight that I had gained while pregnant with Ryan, and Justin wanted to lose the weight he had gained during the last holiday season. We started off slow since it had been a while since either of us has done a lot of exercising.

During the colder months (which is, you know, maybe November through February in South Texas), I like to get the boys in the double stroller and go for walks. I have a route in my neighborhood that is just under 2.5 miles. That cardio workout always does great for me, and I lose the most weight with cardio. But the rest of the year, when it is scorching hot outside, I just can’t do that much walking in the heat. That’s when this exercise routine came into play for us. We try to workout every day, but it just doesn’t always happen.

For a long time, we were working out in the evenings. We would turn on one of the shows that we recorded and do our workout while we watch. The only problem we had with that was there would be so many evenings that we had stuff going on, or needed to get some work done, and our workouts just got skipped. Yes, it should have been a priority to take care of our bodies, but it just kept taking the back burner.

About a month ago, we started to wake up early and get our workout done first thing in the morning. Yes, it sucks getting up earlier than we need to, but once we are done, it feels so good. The boys typically wake up around 7, so we set the alarm for 6:15 and get up and workout. I do notice that I can’t stretch as well in the morning, but it helps to energize me throughout the day when I get the workout done to help wake me up. On the mornings I get up and workout, I notice that I have more energy, I am in a better mood, and I am more productive than the mornings when I sleep in.

Time = 15-20 minutes

Warm Up (do every day)

  • 50 Jumping Jacks (to get the blood flowing)
  • Stretches

Even Days (focuses on Arms)
3 sets of the following. The quantity is for you to decide.

  • Sit Ups or another ab workout
  • Push Ups
  • Bicep Curls
  • Two Arm Tricep Extension
  • Lateral Raise

Odd Days (focuses on Legs)
3 sets of the following. The quantity is for you to decide.

  • Sit Ups or another ab workout
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Standing Heel & Toe Raises


  • Make sure you know how to do the various exercises correctly before performing them. Doing exercises incorrectly could lead to injury
  • This routine does not include any cardio so make sure you’re still getting your cardio by walking, running, riding a bike, etc.

When we first started, I was using some 3-pound weights, and have since increased to 5-pound weights for the arm workouts. Justin uses 25-pound weights. You need to figure out what is best for you and start easy. Depending on the exercise, I do anywhere from 10-25 of each thing. Do enough that you feel it, but not too much that you hurt yourself.

If you start this workout or take anything from it, let me know what you think. Comment below if you have something that I should add to my routine.


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