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Kick up daily activity

Whenever I go up or down my flight of stairs, I stop at landing & step up for 25 steps. It has helped me keep off winter weight I tend to put on.

- Submitted by SPUNOUTMOM 12/3/2013 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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Dance!

When cooking, or cleaning, or even playing with the kids put on some of favorite music and dance. I even dance round the aisles in the supermarket! Its fun and gets you moving!

- Submitted by CHUNKYMUMMA 11/21/2013 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Getting in Extra Workouts

My favorite way to work in more movement is to get up and walk around throughout the day. That adds more steps to my total for the dayt.

- Submitted by MATER88 11/18/2013 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Standing desk?

OK, this is one I haven't tried yet, but I find it intriguing. I'm thinking of getting a standing desk, so I stand at my computer instead of sitting. I worry that my feet would get too tired but I think it would be good for me not to be sitting so much.

- Submitted by UUSUZANNE 10/3/2013 in Around The House | 7 Comments

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How to get off the couch

Turn off the tv! Now, how simple is that. I'm gettin more excersise. My house is cleaner. I'm reading again. It's a win, win.

- Submitted by FIRECRACKER61 10/1/2013 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Dance while Cleaning

When I clean the house, I turn on my favorite music and get some dancing moves in and also a little singing. Great way to get some exercise in.

- Submitted by REDROSEBUD4 9/23/2013 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Your smaller plate for portion control can look like a banquet !

Maybe you've made the move to using smaller sized plates and bowls to help cut portion size, but you don't like the look of a smaller-sized plate in front of you. Make your place setting appear more glamorous as well as LARGER, by using full size plate as a charger, or a salad plate under your smaller bowls.

- Submitted by XHOOSIERLOSER 9/19/2013 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Go with the Flow, of Water that Is

I was sitting too much. I've tied moving for 2 minutes to each time I have to refill my water glass. I put 8 Ws down a note pad. Each time I finish a glass, I cross off a W and next to it I put the activity I do before I sit down with the next glass. That activity must last at least 2 minutes. If it lasts more than 2 minutes, I record that extra time, also. I enter all of that in my fitness tracker favorites as "Home Circuit" and give it calorie burn = to walking or strength training.

- Submitted by BRAVELUTE 8/13/2013 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Hanaging out laundry.

On these sunny summer days, I take the extra time to hang all of my laundry on the lines outside instead of throwing it all in the dryer. The few extra steps saves some money and adds a little more movement throughout the day, (and the sheets smell fantastic)

- Submitted by GEORGI1832 7/5/2013 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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Making Your Own Laundry Detergent

I make my own laundry detergent. The site says around $28 a year. Honestly, I made mine before Thanksgiving and haven't even used 2 bottles worth, so I think it could last more than a year. Also, if you're a coupon user, you can stock up on your supplies by using your coupons. Here's the link http://www.howdoesshe.com/ch
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Everything you need is there. The bucket can be bought at Wal-Mart for super cheap and you can get a grater for this at Dollar Tree for $1

- Submitted by KNITTY_JESS 6/26/2013 in Around The House | 3 Comments
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