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Cleaning Up the Environment

I tuck a few plastic grocery bags in my pocket when I go for a walk. Along the way I pick up any litter I see along the road and drop it off at the trash cans at the local beach. I not only get lots of exercise, but I am enjoying nature a lot more. Bring a glove to protect your hands!

- Submitted by GAILRUU 8/1/2010 in Exercise | 54 Comments

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Commit in Advance

I find that if I decide the night before how and when I'm going to get my exercise the following day, I'm much more likely to do it. Every evening I decide whether I'll go to a class at the gym or go for a long walk or if it will be a day off. That way, it's already in my head when I wake up!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 8 Comments

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Find ways to take more steps

I park in the farthest parking spot from the building in which I work; use a restroom on a different floor; take the stairs instead of the elevator; take a longer way to get the copy machine. Little things, but when you sit all day every extra step counts!

- Submitted by KATHERYNEM 1/3/2011 in Exercise | 5 Comments

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Just Do Something!

Everyone has those days where they just don't feel like working out -- and we all can come up with a list of reasons why we should skip the days workout. Instead of talking yourself out of it, just do something. Even if it's just a walk around the block!

- Submitted by SP_TMETZNER 3/24/2010 in Exercise | 64 Comments

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New Habits

My most recent accomplishment is that I walk daily.....and I mean daily. Creating a new habit is difficult but once it's there you can't wait to get back to it. The walking relieves the worry that I've had for years...needing more excercise. It also relieves emotional stress.

- Submitted by DEANNACARTER051 6/20/2011 in Exercise | 20 Comments

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Microwave and exercise

Sometimes when I put something into the microwave I use the time before it is done to do a short burst of exercise. Jumping jacks, steping up and down on the stairs, kitchen counter push-ups.....whatever. When the bell rings the food is done and I have fit a little more exercise into my day!

- Submitted by GLYNN1 4/6/2010 in Exercise | 54 Comments

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Explore your local nature trails

Check out the maintained nature trails in your area. They make a great change in routine, and they can be a lot of fun! Take the dog, the kids, the spouse, maybe even the in-laws, if they are likely to get lost enroute.... :D

- Submitted by GORGEOUS86 8/14/2010 in Exercise | 19 Comments

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EVERY MINUTE COUNTS!!

I'm learning that ALL activity is/can be exercise! You don't just have to go to the gym for 90 minutes to get fit! I play my Wii, take short walks at lunch, whip out the stretch band for a quick toning during commercials. This makes it fun and easy. 5, 10, or 90 minutes, it still counts!!

- Submitted by MISSMEL10 5/19/2010 in Exercise | 8 Comments

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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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Eat Purposefully

I have found if l eat Purposefully, nourishing my body, chewing, not inhaling my food, that l am satisfied physically and mentally.
I went off all sugar almost 5 months ago and my cravings for nutritious foods increased dramatically.

- Submitted by APHRODIDTE 12/18/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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