How I’m Staying Active in Under 20 Minutes

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The other day one of my friends asked me to take her workout class.  She was trying out to be an instructor at a multi-purpose local gym that I have really wanted to check out.  Before I went to the class I had all those new class/routine jitters.  Where do I park, how early should I get there, what if I throw up in the middle of the class, what if I totally can’t finish it, will people be nice, what will the setup be, etc, etc.  I have taught a ton of different workouts over my years ranging from spin to barre.  Even with that, I still have that lack of confidence when I am taken out of my routine.  I’m also a total Cancer (my sign) which is comfortable with my home surroundings and don’t want to come out of my crab shell often.  Well, I am happy to say that I went to the class which was a hot HITT class and totally nailed it.  I was able to keep up the whole time and felt so amazing afterward.  There is no better feeling than that post endorphin high am I right?  As I was driving back, I seriously considered joining the gym but then my schedule of life brought me back down to reality.  My current day consists of 10 hour work days.  I always have one floating day off a week but I usually fill that day with my local college teaching day or working on content for the blog/Instagram.  I’m up early and home late.  I really do not think I could get up at 5 in the morning to work out and at night I want to spend all my precious time with my little one.  Same goes for the weekends, it is really all consumed with my kiddo.

There has been a quote floating around something to the effect of saying you are too busy and replace that you can’t do something by saying it’s not a priority.  Working out in the past for me was always part of my routine.  I would leave right from work and hit a class at least 4 times a week.  Now, I’m running home from work and grabbing my little one to see him at night.  I just haven’t found that balance of being able to fit in classes around my current schedule.  What I’ve been doing is at home workouts either via Pure Barre on demand, YouTube or honestly just coming up with my own quick routines.  We always take a walk as a family at night and then I usually get on the ground with Patrick and do a few quick rounds of abs or thigh work.  Sometimes I pick up his 20+ lbs self and use him for squats.


I am definitely not in the same kind of shape as I was before my child but I feel like I am more realistic and forgiving than I was before. It’s all about fitting in a quick workout at home to get the heart rate up, a little sweaty, and trying to keep up my strength.  Here is a quick thigh workout that I often complete.  It helps tone up the thighs and can be done anywhere.

Exercise #1 hold for 45 seconds, then shoot the arms forward and slightly lean back for another 45 seconds.  Find that edge right where your thighs are engaged, start to shake, and hold it there.  Stand and get into a side lunge and slowly bend down into a deeper lunge 12 times, hold low and pulse out for 15 seconds.  Switch to the other side.  Take your feet out wider than your hips, bend your knees and come up to your tiptoes.  Slow bend down with the knees 12 times, stay low, shoot arms up, and pulse out for 15 seconds.  Come fit hip-width apart and parallel.  Hands to the hips, sink down 12 times.  Shoot arms forward for another 12 counts, arms up and pulse down 15 seconds.  Rest one minute and repeat the circuit again.  3 times for maximum thigh burn :-)


After I’m done with my workout, I like to grab a quick protein packed meal.  After I completed the Faster Way to Fat Loss, I realized that fat was really not the enemy and it helps to keep me full as well as burn fat.  I have been opting for full-fat yogurt and one of my favorites is FAGE.  I love the 5% whole milk Split Cup yogurt.  They come in a variety of split cup options including the Sicilian Lemon which is my absolute favorite.  Patrick also has yogurt every morning so it’s easy to stock up on it for both of us.

I usually can’t get him to eat Greek yogurt but he loves the FAGE Total Split Cup options.  They have such a rich and creamy taste with all the delicious mix-in options.  I am super picky about the sugar content for the foods I give him and the FAGE Total plain yogurt has no added sugar.  Plus, you can see the info here for the Split Cup with 30% less sugar.  They are Non-GMO Project Verified and made with milk from Non-GMO fed cows. The FAGE Total plain yogurt is made with only milk and live active yogurt cultures.  The best part is the taste.  I actually look forward to my yogurt after my workout and it keeps me full until lunch.  They are also available at pretty much every local grocery so you don’t have to worry about going out of your way to pick them up.

Tell me some of the ways you fit in your workouts and your favorite post workout meals!  Thank you to FAGE for sponsoring this post and for supporting the brands that work with Meet at the Barre.


15 responses to “How I’m Staying Active in Under 20 Minutes”

  1. Rach says:

    I’m all for a quick workout too! Totally trying out your workout! And I love Fage yogurt! My husband and I have them all the time!

  2. Laura S says:

    Absolutely love how real this post is! Fitting in time to workout when you’re busy and have kids is tough and I love how realistic this is!

  3. Love me a good and effective quick workout! It’s always so hard to make time for myself to workout.

    xoxo sarah

  4. Anna English says:

    Daily workouts are my go-to. I figure 20-30 minutes is better than nothing!

  5. I’m all about a quick workout with such a busy schedule!! Definitely need to try this yogurt too!

  6. 3 kids – 13, 8, 5 and I have to get up at 4am for my cardio and then I make time in the afternoon or evening to do weight training as well. They have activiites too, so it’s a major balancing act, but like you said – is it a priority? Yes. I work from 6:30am-2:30pm. You’ll get into your groove.

  7. Kileen says:

    Getting in a quick workout always helps my day and these workouts are great!! Love yogurt as a post workout snack too!

    cute & little

  8. Morgan says:

    Shakes are my favorite after a workout! I usually add some vanilla greek yogurt in them but will need to try this blueberry one sometime!

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  9. Em says:

    I am all about the quick workouts these days too! I’m always amazed at how sore and tired I am after them too haha!

  10. Caroline says:

    Good for you for making this a priority and you look amazing! Chris loves the non-fat plain Fage and eats it every day. I love the non-fat blueberry acai. Maybe I will pick some up this weekend!! :-)

  11. Lydia says:

    The only way I have managed to workout is by having a consistent routine. I go to classes at the Y three times a week and being friendly with my instructors and classmates has really helped to hold me accountable to show up. If I miss a week I know everyone will be asking me where I was the next one!
    Chic on the Cheap

  12. Lindsay says:

    Definitely trying this workout!!! It’s crazy how we change our schedules and priorities for our little ones, but totally worth it :)

  13. Sarah Lennon says:

    20 minutes is about all I have these days to work out! Thanks for posting, will need to give this a try!

  14. Nadine says:

    All I have time for these days is a quick workout in the mornings before the rest of my house gets up and we all have to get off to work/school. Usually anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes is what I fit in. I figure something is better than nothing!

  15. Kelsey says:

    Allllll about a quick (and effective) workout!!! and that yogurt sounds amazing!

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