Back to School, Back to You: Finding Time for Fitness Amidst Parenting Chaos

School buses in line to pick children up.

School is back in session! For many parents, this means juggling drop-offs, after-school activities, and homework sessions. While prioritizing your children is second nature, it’s crucial to carve out some “me-time,” particularly for fitness and self-care. In this article, we explore the importance of making time for yourself and offer a quick workout to help you get back on track.

Why Finding Time for Fitness is Essential

When you’re swamped with responsibilities, fitness can feel like a luxury. However, it’s not just about shedding those extra pounds or building muscle; it’s also about mental clarity, improved mood, and overall well-being. Especially for parents, exercise can serve as a much-needed breather and energy booster.

  • Mental Health: Exercise is proven to release endorphins, which act as natural mood lifters. It can help alleviate stress and anxiety—a common feeling during the hectic back-to-school season.
  • Physical Health: Staying active helps improve your cardiovascular health, flexibility, and strength. In the long run, this can make you more resilient and energetic, keeping you better equipped to handle parental duties.
  • Setting an Example: When you prioritize fitness, you’re not just benefiting yourself but also setting a positive example for your children.

How To Find Time for Workouts

Finding time might seem impossible, but it’s easier than you think.

  • Schedule It: Just like you would schedule a parent-teacher meeting or soccer practice, block out time for your workouts.
  • Utilize Your Environment: You don’t have to go to a gym to exercise. At Pledge To Fitness, we offer 30 and 60-minute sessions that can be done in-Studio, virtually, or even at your home. Plus, with our 4, 8, and 12 session packages, you can choose what fits best into your routine.
  • Quick Workouts: Shorter, high-intensity workouts can be just as effective as longer ones. It’s all about maximizing the time you have.

Sample Quick Workout

  • Push-Ups: 10-12 reps
  • Squats: 10-12 reps
  • Plank: Hold for 30-40 seconds
  • Jumping Jacks: 15 reps
  • Lunges: 10 reps each leg

Repeat this circuit 2-3 times, depending on your fitness level.


Your well-being directly impacts your ability to care for others. At Pledge To Fitness, we follow the NASM OPT training model to ensure you get a balanced workout suitable for any fitness level. Whether you’re new to fitness or an experienced athlete, we have something for everyone. Right now, we’re offering a complimentary first session that includes an interview, Fit3D Body Scan, sample workout, and more.

Remember, self-care isn’t selfish; it’s essential. Make your pledge to fitness today.

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