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No Time To Exercise? Make Time

Who has time to exercise?

Not a busy wife and mother of three urchins, ages 5, 3 and 1. Especially not if she’s studying for a master’s degree in nutrition.

Nope, Denise Tobin Dennehy doesn’t have time. She makes time.

Once a day, Dennehy, 39, of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., climbs on her NordicTrack ski machine and schusses through morning TV.

Dennehy skis “40 minutes a day, every day.” Four nights a week, she walks five miles with a friend, finishing as late 11:30 p.m. The result? She admits, “I am pretty lean and mean.”

Conclusion? Says Dennehy, “You don’t have to be a superhero to be in shape. Just make it a priority.”

Don’t skip a beat

Tune in so you don’t drop out. A recent study suggests that music may keep you exercising longer by taking your mind off how many miles, flights of stairs, etc., you have left to go, Men’s Health magazine says. Men in the study increased their exercise time by 30 percent.

Up and at ‘em

As for you women, almost three-quarters of you still aren’t exercising enough. Seventy-three percent of women 18 and older do not do the recommended workouts (either 20 minutes of heavy-breathing aerobic activity three days a week or the 30-minute light workouts at least five days a week), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say. Just 27.1 percent of the 55,506 women in the 1992 national survey said they were fit.