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Fit In Exercise

Running in circles around the office? Lifting your neighbor's garden furniture...twenty times? These are common side effects of workout deficiency, an increasingly common disorder shared by moms from every walk of life. Luckily, there are a few ways to turn "out of shape" into "looking great" before you start swimming laps in the backyard kiddie pool.

Book it
Schedule your workouts on a calendar. Put it in writing, and you'll commit to it the way you would to a business meeting or dinner date.
 -- Diane Sadak, Joppa, MD

Curl talk
Keep a pair of weights by the phone. Do a few reps while making appointments or chatting with your friends. You can also try doing a few squats while on the phone.
 -- Jan Hanson

Trade time with your spouse
Let him babysit while you work out, then do the same for him.
 -- Nanette Nopwaskey, San Jose, CA

Sneak it in
Walk at work whenever you get the chance. Walk during lunch. Park in the farthest corner of the lot, or get off the bus a stop early and walk. Take the stairs and visit coworkers in person.
 -- Lisa Skarzynski

Do it in the morning
You've heard it before, but it's more true than ever now that you're a mom. Get up half an hour early and exercise first thing, be it a walk, run, or yoga tape.
 -- Lisa Parker, Albany, NY

Bring the baby
Find a gym with babysitting and start going now. Your baby will become accustomed to visiting the gym, and you'll be getting regular workouts.
 -- Shereen Tate, Niska-yuna, NY

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