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Teachers & Educators: How?

tccrostontccroston Posts: 17Member Member Posts: 17Member Member
Hey all!

Here’s the downside... An hour commute to work, teach all day, catch up on admin during lunch, usually a two hour drive home thanks to rush hour traffic.

My sleep reminder for my 8 hrs beauty sleep usually goes off on the drive home, or just as I’m pulling into the drive, if I’m lucky.

So my question to you is, how do you do it? How do you find time to work out on a regular basis without it affecting your family time?

Dad was a teacher for over 40 years, and he’d run five miles every day. But he also taught 10 minutes down the road!

I’m just curious as to what y’all do to stay active!



  • eightyschicaeightyschica Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member

    Kindergarten teacher here. It's crazy hard to find time to workout after being on your feet all day with your kids. And I don't have your commute to deal with. I decided to start prioritizing myself and leave earlier than I had been previously. Like you I work through lunch and try to not get caught up talking (bitching haha) with coworkers after school so I can get things done as quickly as I can.

    Maybe you could find a gym or area to workout near your school so by the time you get home you can focus on family and maybe even miss some of the rush hour traffic?

    Good luck!
  • apullumapullum Posts: 3,413Member Member Posts: 3,413Member Member
    Seconding the idea to look for a place to work out near your school. Plus, if you spend an hour working out after school, that might make your drive home shorter if rush hour traffic has let up.

    Would it be feasible to bike to/from work? Many of my colleagues do that, but it sounds like it might not be feasible for you, unless most of your 1-2 hour commute is just sitting in traffic.
  • drea2011drea2011 Posts: 839Member Member Posts: 839Member Member

    I work out in the am! Shower and head to work. I’m too tired after work. I’m currently doing P90X3
  • Solace1977Solace1977 Posts: 26Member Member Posts: 26Member Member
    The main issue you have is the commute. I used to do this and was so knackered after a full day teaching. I’m home by 5/530 now, have an hour with my boys before bath time and bed so am able to do workout at around 730/8. I currently used the Fitbit coach app and results are great.
  • Cant_think_of_a_usernameCant_think_of_a_username Posts: 36Member Member Posts: 36Member Member
    Aside from cutting down on commuting time the thing that really helps me is to have my meals prepped so I can eat almost as soon as I get through the door. Then, while I'm digesting I'll mark books and plan lessons. Once that's done I head down to my gym (shed) and work out (working out at home also helps!).
  • dramaqueen45dramaqueen45 Posts: 980Member Member Posts: 980Member Member
    I'm lucky to live 5 minutes from where I work, but some days there are meetings, I have been drama coach for years, you get it. You just have to make it a priority. If I was an hour away I would work out near school and then drive home. We also have people who walk the school after hours and that may also be an option, depending on the size of your building. If you're a teacher who is out of your seat and walking around the class a lot you can also factor that in (some teachers sit behind their desks all day so it just depends on what you do). I am a counselor in the schools and my job often has me stuck behind my desk unfortunately. So I make going to the gym a priority on my way home. If I don't stop on the way home I won't go back out. I try to eat a banana before working out so I don't come home famished.
  • brittanystebbins95brittanystebbins95 Posts: 181Member Member Posts: 181Member Member
    I work 12 hour shifts in corrections, have an hour drive to and from work everyday, and still make time to workout.
    It's not about having time, honestly. Its about MAKING time. Would I rather come home and sleep somedays? Sure. Sometimes I do. But most days I come home, go to the gym or go running (I usually don't have time for both so my running has been slacking a bit) and then come home, shower, and go to bed. When my stepdaughter is home, she comes to the gym with me and my hubby. She plays in the kids area and I'll give her my phone to play on so she stays in one spot and out of the way.
  • FaebertFaebert Posts: 1,003Member Member Posts: 1,003Member Member
    I realise I’m lucky not to have a long commute, but if you can find a way to work out early in the mornings before work I agree with others who recommend it. I know myself now, and I just can’t manage a hard workout at the end of the school day. Teaching all day can be exhausting, and I generally just want to come home and see my own kids and relax. If I’ve done a run or worked out in the morning (at home if i have no childcare, before the kids wake) I feel strong and motivated and can blast through my teaching day.
  • jljshoe1979jljshoe1979 Posts: 325Member Member Posts: 325Member Member
    Okay I tried to post this idea and my phone locked up. I don't think my message went thru, but forgive me if u get a similar suggestion (mfp has been acting wonky for me lately):

    I like some of the other suggestions on here, but here's one creative idea I didn't see. Would you be able to include 5-10 minutes in your lesson plans of doing something active that included you? If you did this every hour or every class period that time could add up to 30-60 minutes of working out each day you did it. The kids would probably enjoy it too. It wouldn't be an "ideal" workout, but better than nothing.
  • tccrostontccroston Posts: 17Member Member Posts: 17Member Member
    Thank you all for the fantastic ideas! You’re right, it’s about making time for me...

    I’m an instructor for the railroad, so my “kids” vary in age, but I do look forward to the days I’m out in the railyard with them. I force them to walk everywhere!

    We do get free gym membership through work at several locations, so I think I’ll look into something closer to work on the way home (or on the way in)!

    I’m going to keep following this for more great tips, and don’t be surprised if you see a friend request...

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