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Extend your life

Did you know that for every one hour of exercise you do, you extend your expected lifespan by 2 hours? It is like putting extra time in a savings account! For every 12 hours, you add a full day! So get moving!

- Submitted by RUTHIEBEAR 7/9/2010 in Exercise | 11 Comments

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When I'm Just Too Tired to Exercise

When I think I'm just too tired to exercise, I commit to do 10 minutes of light exercise. If I'm tired after 10 minutes, I'm allowed to quit. But 95%+ percent of the time I feel better after 10 minutes and go on to get a good workout.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 22 Comments

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Just Play!

Every day does not have to be a full workout. Nor does it have to be a "keep track" of calories, steps, miles, etc. Just go out and play. Feel the air in your lungs. Marvel that you're breathing better. Bend and stretch. Reach for that frisbee or foot-, basket-, or soccer ball!). Be grateful that it didn't hurt!

JUST PLAY!

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- Submitted by LALAFITZ 10/2/2010 in Exercise | 31 Comments

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Keep your eye on the prize!

Whenever I think about skipping my daily walk or a day at the gym, I just remember why I'm doing this: my health! And, as I see results, no matter how small or trivial they may seem, it motivates me to keep going. The end result of this lifestyle change is getting my health, and my life, back!

- Submitted by BONSAI_LVR 2/14/2011 in Exercise | 23 Comments

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Use Your Own Pace & Instincts

On a site like this, with so many running and doing lots of exercises, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement. However, it can lead to a let-down if it is not your own program. Work at your own pace and style. Do not worry about what everyone else is doing.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 6/18/2010 in Exercise | 23 Comments

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Find the Optimal Time For Your Fitness Minutes

Identify your worst 'snack time' and use it for Fitness Minutes instead

- Submitted by BESTSUSIEYET 8/10/2010 in Exercise | 11 Comments

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Follow the 10% Rule

Trying to do too much, too fast, too heavy is a set-up for injuries. Start "where you are" and gradually increase as your fitness improves.

- Submitted by DRB13_1 11/9/2010 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Reminding Yourself of Why You're Doing This

We all mess up, but we can limit our mistakes if we remind ourselves of why we're doing this. I find it helpful to post my goals in places that I will see them constantly. For example, I have them set in a really pretty frame on my computer desk, I laminated them and use it as a bookmark, and I even have them written down on an index card that I carry in my wallet. It makes it a lot harder to spend money on junk food when I open my wallet to pay and see my goals staring me right back in the face.

- Submitted by AADIBEAUFORT 8/20/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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secret is cleaning . . .

If there's a rainy Saturday or a spare evening, I'll set the timer for 20 minutes, turn on music or news, go into a room and clean what needs to be done. When the timer is done, I reset it, go to another location and repeat. Then repeat. After three or four units, some of which are vigorous, some not, I take a twenty minute tea and snack break, then go again. In three hours the house is clean, I feel great and I've moved nonstop for a big chunk of time. It works!

- Submitted by KVEBLEN 8/18/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Have fun

I like exercising best when I am having fun- playing basketball, playing in the surf, running around after or with the kids.

- Submitted by MBPP50 8/18/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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