By Melinda Friedland
October 24, 2011

As a married mother of four children, two dogs, two guinea pigs, and a cat - in addition to working from home alongside two children not yet in school - I definitely know what it's like to be busy. I also know how easy it is to make excuses to not work out. The truth is, that everybody can come up with an excuse or 12 about why they just can't seem to find the time to work out. With that said, the solution is simple: You have to make time.

What does that mean for you? It means you need to figure out the best time of day that works for you and stick with it. This may mean making sacrifices like getting up 30 minutes earlier each day, working during your lunch break, working out after work, or slicing 30 minutes from your television-watching time in the evening.

One of the biggest misconceptions about getting into shape is that it takes hours of training on a daily basis. That's simply not true. The best piece of advice I have for other busy moms and dads, or those who are busy with other obligations, is to schedule your workout time just like you would a doctor appointment or even a shower. That might sound silly, but the easiest way to stay committed is to add a block of time into your schedule for you to work out, and eventually it'll become a habit. If you want it bad enough, you'll find the time to do it. There are plenty of workouts you can do in short blocks of time. These include circuit training workouts and high intensity interval training. You don't have to run 17 miles a day (unless you enjoy it, of course).

Melinda's Fitness Blog started as a very personal account of my workouts after having children; specifically, it documents how I lost the 50 pounds I gained during my latest pregnancy. You can still find those beginning workouts on the site today, as well as my most recent ones. In the past three years, it has grown to be bigger than I ever imagined. In addition to daily workouts, I also share healthy eating tips, my love-and-hate relationship with cardio, the importance of strength training, product recommendations, and more.

My main goal is to help and convince other women that they can build their dream body - at any age! The only person stopping you, is, well, you. Forget the excuses and let's get started!