Ladies, Just saw this interesting article on Wall Street Journal that gives tips on fitting exercise into our daily schedule - even if we live very busy lives. Doctors' Orders: Ways to Work Exercise Into a Busy Day January 9, 2007; Page D1 Doctors always tell us to exercise for better health, but the hard part is figuring out how to fit exercise into a busy schedule. Even though most people know exercise is good for them, 60% of Americans aren't regularly active, according to the surgeon general. I decided to survey some top doctors about their own exercise habits. Doctors are some of the busiest people I know -- their appointment books are filled weeks in advance, and their daily schedules are usually inflexible. Days often start at 7 a.m., and after patients leave, they spend long hours finishing up paperwork and other duties. Even so, many doctors I speak with still find time to exercise regularly. Here's how they do it. Exercise early. Most of the doctors I spoke with exercise in the morning. For many, it means getting up as early as 5 a.m. While it's tough to give up sleep, the energy boost of exercise makes up for it. "Aside from a rare emergency, the morning is the time of day you can control," says Harvey Simon, a Harvard physician who hasn't missed a day of exercise in 29 years. "After work, you're hungry, exhausted and you have family obligations." UCLA oncologist Rowan Chlebowski takes a brisk morning walk three days a week, "usually in the dark." Boston urologist Irwin Goldstein exercises about 20 minutes every day before heading to work. "I end up going to bed earlier," says Dr. Goldstein. Stay close to home. Most doctors who exercise have simple home exercise equipment so they don't have to waste time going to the gym, changing clothes and showering. "It would be almost impossible for me if I had to go to a health club," says Wulf Utian, a Cleveland Clinic gynecologist who exercises an hour and 15 minutes four to five days a week. "It's not the cost of an exercise room that matters; it's trying to get yourself to a place where you will exercise." <REPRINTSDISCLAIMER>Combine work, family and exercise time. Doctors use exercise time to organize their day, either in their heads, using a BlackBerry or catching up on reading while on a treadmill or other stationary machine. Many told me they also mix exercise with family time. Anne McTiernan, director of the prevention center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, says she managed 45 minutes of daily exercise when her kids were young by exercising while kids were at athletic practice and taking them to the park or for walks. Now she takes bike rides with her husband. Alan Greene, a Danville, Calif., pediatrician and founder of www.drgreene.com<SUP>3</SUP>, uses long phone calls and conference calls to walk on a treadmill. He also rotates treadmill time with family members while watching TV with them. Do a weekend workout. The weekend offers two days of opportunity. John Mendelsohn, president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, says he is "absolutely committed" to at least one, but sometimes two, tennis matches every weekend. Yale physician Hugh Taylor says he tries to work in the yard so he also "accomplishes something" while exercising. Johns Hopkins urologist H. Ballentine Carter takes two three-mile walks each weekend. Joanne Conroy, executive vice president of Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey and an anesthesiologist, meets with a Pilates instructor Saturdays. Mix exercise into your day. Even though doctors say they like the energy boost of a workout, they also try to stay active during the day. To communicate with people at the office, Drs. Simon and Mendelsohn both often skip email and instead walk to a co-worker's desk. MD Anderson radiologist Bradley Sabloff bicycles to work each day. Be committed. All the doctors I spoke with say it helps that they've seen firsthand the perils of not exercising. "You can always tell when you're examining someone who exercises," says Dr. Utian. "You feel their muscle tone or they have a slower pulse. If I don't exercise, I feel like I've done something wrong with my week."