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Stay Fit When Your Schedule Goes Haywire

Everything from meetings to your kids' baseball practices can
put the brakes on your workouts. Here's how to adapt your routine.

If evenings are crazy busy for you
Make the switch to
morning workouts by setting your alarm a half hour earlier than
usual and immediately turning on a lamp (light signals your brain
to be alert). "For the first few days, just get up and start your
morning routine," says Rikki Charles, owner of Fitness Guru studio
in New York City. "After a week, the wake-up time will seem
normal and you'll feel with it enough to exercise."

If mornings are a mad rush
Squeeze in a workout at the end
of the day. "If the sun is still shining, move it outdoors," Charles
says. "When darkness sets in, work out in a bright room." (Gyms
with glaring fluorescent lights qualify.) Wrap it up at least two
hours before bedtime, otherwise you may have trouble falling asleep.