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2/3/13 7:25 P

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5 am workouts here. I know its crazy, but it works. It is so nice to have my workout done first thing and not have to think about it the rest of the day. I go to bed by 10 and get at least 7 hours of sleep.

I would've never thought I would be an early morning exerciser. If you are having trouble finding time, give it a try for a week or two. Might surprise you.

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1/19/13 9:52 P

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I wish I were able to work out in the morning but between getting kids to school and getting ready myself I never seem to make it. A few years ago I had no problem getting up early. I would get up in time to journal and work out. Now I am so greatful for every minute I get to sleep!

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11/19/11 6:23 P

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I have a treadmill at home, so even if I get home late, I have an exercise option. Actually both my husband and I often get home late... he'll make dinner while I'm on the treadmill, and I clean up afterward. Sometimes we do it the other way around, but generally he manages to get to the gym before he comes home.

Unfortunately, my practice group tends to keep working until quite late at night. We also tend to get in later in the morning -- but I have never been able to force myself to exercise consistently in the morning. I try, but it never seems to stick. I need my coffee and a moment of peace before facing the day. I get neither if I run in the morning.

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10/13/11 10:47 P

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While my kids are at swim team practice at the Y, I work out. My husband also takes them home two nights out of the week so that I have time to exercise.

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10/10/11 11:12 A

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Good suggestions, everyone. I have so much trouble with this since I have so many global divisions, so my meetings are literally all over the place, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (sometimes even earlier or later), so it's hard to make it consistent. There's also no gym near my office, and I live in an area with horrible weather. I'm going to keep trying to make it fun and be consistent, but the encouragement from other responses is great!

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10/4/11 4:00 P

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I joined a gym near my office so that I can go during my lunch break. Before that I was having a really hard time getting all my exercise in. I get home so late which makes it hard to exercise at night or get up early in the morning.

I also have a Wii and bought a lot of workout games so that even if I can't make it to the gym after work, I can at least work out at home while dinner is cooking.

Basically I just try to make it as easy as possible to workout, even if it means spending a little more money. I have Wii workout games, workout DVDs, and I belong to 2 gyms and a yoga studio.

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2/19/11 8:36 P

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I married a fabulous man who, 6 years later, is still living up to his wedding vow to bring me coffee in bed every morning. So that helps a lot when it comes to waking up early for a workout. We have a decent gym in our apartment building, so we just have to go downstairs. I'm nursing an injury at the moment, so my workouts are less frequent and lighter. But usually, I do either a cardio workout (training to walk a half marathon in April) or a combined cardio/strength workout on 3 week day mornings, and then do two longer workouts on Saturday and Sunday when I have more time. I also walk to and from work, about 30 minutes total per day 6x per week.

PS - My wedding vow was to "try to eat my vegetables". Can you tell which one of us is the lawyer in the family?

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8/13/10 7:15 P

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If I have court, I purposely park my car a couple blocks from the courthouse - of course, this requires me to be a little early! Then I beat feet to court, and back to the car after my hearings. I find that I can work in about 10-20 minutes of exercise doing this, not all at once, but in little bits!

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3/15/10 3:10 P

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I have been trying to exercise at lunch. When I view exercising as a lunch appointment, I am much more likely to keep it. I also work out 2 blocks from my office so I can go at lunch or before I head home at night. If I don't have a lot of time, I try to take a quick walk to get moving and clear my head. The break from the office feels great!

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?
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Remember, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones that you did do.
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4/29/09 10:37 A

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Sitting on a balance ball 30 minutes a day is surprisingly hard and good exercise. I keep one in my office and switch it out for my chair once a day for awhile. People can laugh if they want, but it's good for the core.

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4/28/09 11:28 P

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I'm a new associate, so I'm afraid to do anything too out of the ordinary, but you're a managing partner, so you can do what you want....so I'll suggest it! :)

I have really wanted to get one of those pedal things that are on the floor--no bike attached, just the pedals, put it under the desk, lackadaisicaly pedal all day (or FURIOUSLY pedal when agitated/on conference calls, etc.)

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4/26/09 12:25 P

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My firm is a couple of blocks from my gym, so I sign up for lunch time classes a couple times a week. I just signed up for a triathlon training program which meets early in the morning, so I should be able to have a full work out and make it into the office by 8:30, with some accountability, since I signed up with a group.

The trick is to limit your lunch dates to certain days of the week - I find it is really tempting to accept a lunch invitation and skip my class!

I am also going to try asking another lawyer if they want to start lunch-hour jogs with me once or twice a week.

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1/6/09 1:45 P

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Good question. SP has some desk workout videos that take about 10 minutes, I think. You could check those out. And on one team, one member posted that playing with grandkids was a cardio activity. Maybe it's just playing with kids that counts as exercise. Try doing weights in front of the television, walk at lunch (even if it's just around the block). Be creative.

The most important thing is, you have to schedule it and make yourself do it. Otherwise, it won't get done. Just put it on your calendar like you do everything else.

The difference between truth and fiction is that fiction has to make sense.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer. 29:11 (NIV)

Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the mornings, Satan shudders and says "Oh, no, she's awake!"



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1/6/09 1:14 P

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Hey everyone, I am a full time attorney and managing partner as well as mother of 2 under 5 years. I contstantly struggle with how to find time to exercise? Any suggestions?

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