Living LifeWise: Making Time for Exercise

Living Lifewise Sunday, August 4, 2013 Written by

Living LifeWise is a regular column provided by LifeWise Ambassadors – LifeWise employees whose healthy choices are helping them live better lives. Today’s column is provided by LifeWise Ambassador Aaron Reid.

When I was in my 20s, and still trying to attract a mate, there always seemed to be time to exercise. It wasn’t uncommon for me to get home from work and start doing pushups, inspired by whichever barista I had a crush on that week. I typically had four free hours every weekday from the time I got home to the time I went to bed. These days, I’m amazed at how little I appreciated the value of time.

For now the equation has changed, and I typically have one free hour each weekday that is not spent working, commuting or dodging toddlers. Given the demands of work and parenting, it isn’t easy to fit in all the exercise I need. So how do I do it?

Through heavy rationalization of what is and is not a workout, that’s how. These are some of the ways I’ve managed to get in exercise when time is not on my side:

Sign up for 5K Races

This is a trick I like to play on myself. The act of registering for a race takes almost no time at all and involves no actual exercise. However, I’ve found that whenever I sign up for a race, it results in me actually running that race. Good stuff.


Need to improve your cardio? Run a mowrathon:

WIFE: You need to mow the lawn today. It looks terrible.
ME: The lawn looks fine. I’ll do it next week.
WIFE:  Think of it as a workout. You’re the one always complaining that you don’t get enough exercise.
ME: Ugh. <Walks out and mows the lawn>

Defensive Crunches

After a long day at work, there’s nothing I like more than lying down on the living room floor and staring at the ceiling. When I lower myself to the carpet, I have to wonder if I make some grunting sound that alerts my children because I never have more than six seconds of quiet contemplation before they are both upon me like hairless hyenas. My 2-year-old son, Jack, loves to sit on my stomach and bounce. With each giddy bounce. I have to quickly tighten my abdominal muscles in order to protect my sensitive stomach. This is almost certainly improving my core strength. My 1-year-old daughter Ruby typically joins in by straddling and bouncing on my throat while my face changes color.

I’m going to keep trying to find ways to fit more conventional workouts into my lifestyle. Until I crack that code, I’ll take exercise wherever I can get it.


Aaron_ReidAaron Reid is a lifelong non-athlete, husband, and father of two. Aaron lives in Tukwila near a nice running trail with rabbits, most of whom have never seen him. He began running in 2012 and ran his first 5K that same year. However, his most impressive fitness accomplishment is that he has been sucking in his stomach from the age of 12 to the age of 38. Living LifeWise is a part of Aaron’s quest to one day enjoy running and have washboard abs.