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Stepping up on "Steps"

I like to get caught up on recorded TV shows, but they absorb so much time. When no one is home, I play them, and "STEP" around the living room in large circles with my pedometer in my pocket. It's easy to get 10,000+ steps in per day this way.

- Submitted by NYINME 12/15/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Keep Moving

I keep moving throughout the day. Work requires that I stand and when I don't have guests I use the time to do Qi Gong exercises:moving my hands, wrists, fingers, stretching wrists to avoid carpel tunnel,shifting weight from one foot to the other, doing small stretches. I move discreetly stretching calves and getting up on my tiptoes. With live bands in our workplace it's not uncommon to see the employees moving to the music.I keep moving every part of my body that I can. emoticon

- Submitted by ARMOMMI2 12/14/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Putting fun into activities.

I love playing table tennis (ping pong) so I joined a table tennis club and I play 2 times per week.
I used to play to win and my whole effort was towards wining each game, wanting to win all the time took away from enjoying the game and my fellow players were my adversaries. Now I just play for having fun and putting all my effort into having fun and making sure that the people I play with also having fun.

- Submitted by GYORGYB 12/14/2014 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Waiting for coffee to brew...

I'm always impatient waiting for the coffee to brew, so I started doing strength training while I wait! Usually 2 sets of 10-12 reps, of dumbbell curls, lunges while holding dumbbells, or any of the demos on SP, until the coffee is ready. Great way to start the mornig:)

- Submitted by SNUZSUZ 12/14/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Walking

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- Submitted by MEG3450 12/10/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Watch a demo or video!

When I don't feel like exercising-at all! I click on an easy, 10 minute video with Coach Nichole, and before the 10 minutes is up, so I am! emoticon

- Submitted by SNUZSUZ 12/7/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Stress Buster

A stress buster for me is taking a walk and talking to Jesus. He listens and I know I can lay all my burdens of life with Him and I know He can do what is for my best with what I tell Him. My connection with Him takes out the stress of life knowing He doesn't ask me to do anything that isn't for my health or my well being. That makes me happy and free knowing I can let go and Let God control my life,

- Submitted by ROBINRDK 12/2/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Cold Outside? Do your running warm-up inside.

When it is very cold outside, the transition from being inside to going outside is easier if your body is already warmed up. Therefore, doing a full warm-up routine inside before heading out the door can make Winter running less painful. Of course, you need appropriate Winter running clothing as well. My indoor warmup consists of 5 minutes of walking around the house, including up and down the stairs, followed by a series of five dynamic warm-up exercises (Google dynamic warmup).

- Submitted by GBOOMER 12/2/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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I exercise while standing in line

I have an unusual health condition that requires moving my body even when standing or sitting for a length of time. I have fun doing lunges while waiting in line at the grocery or kicking my legs forward while sitting in a public place. People occasionally stare, but I don't mind. Maybe it will start a new trend toward better fitness. Best wishes to all my SP friends out there. You're the best! Mary in Kansas emoticon

- Submitted by MFORET4 11/24/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Ball Chair

I have an exercise ball chair at my office, it is good for my core but it is great for fidgeting.

- Submitted by DKALTMAN04 11/21/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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