Finding Time to Exercise

Now down to the nitty-gritty. You know that exercising will be good for you, but where will you find the time? Not having time to exercise is reported as one of the most common reasons for people to quit exercising. Don't let it be your hurdle.

What you need to ask yourself is whether you have the time not to exercise? When you are dragging around trying to find excuses not to exercise, remember all those health benefits to you and your baby and the negative outcomes of not exercising.

Making a Schedule

One of the best secrets to finding the time to exercise is to schedule the time. Many women find that if they select a morning time, the exercise gets done. If you wait to do your exercise after work or before bed, things might come up during the day making it easily forgotten. Write the time in your planning calendar — and be faithful to it!


Picking a gym can be a big decision. You should shop around for a gym that you can stay at for a while. For example, don't pick a gym based solely on the prenatal classes. What about a nursery? Can you bring the baby back with you once he or she is born? Look at location in relation to your home or work. What would keep you from coming to the gym? What would make you go?

What if you don't quite feel up to it one day? Or what if you have trouble getting out of bed? Simply get up and do a modified program. Perhaps instead of doing an aerobics tape, you choose to walk the dog leisurely around the block. You are still committing yourself to exercise.

Scheduling the time to exercise into your day is the best way to ensure that you stick to your plan. Just as you make the time to nourish your body with food, be sure to find time to nourish your body with exercise.

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