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Park as far away as possible!

I am a regular weight lifter/gym goer, but I still do the classic "park as far away from the business as possible". And I try to walk places that aren't unreasonable far apart. Really adds up on my step tracker!

- Submitted by NANCYANNE55 8/20/2014 in Exercise | 0 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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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 | 0 Comments

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Make exercise the solution to everyday problems

I do a short burst of light cardio to wake myself up in the morning , a few sun salutations when I'm stressed, a walk with my dog when I need some quiet time, and yoga to help my insomnia. Exercise is now inevitable part of my routine.

- Submitted by IJUSWANNABOK 8/17/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Add my workouts to my work calendar

I use my calendar to schedule all appointments and activities, I add my workouts to this calendar and it has been over 1 year that I have been committed to getting exercise in every week emoticon

- Submitted by PILATESMOM2 8/15/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Every little bit counts!

Get up and move around every 45 minutes when I am at a desk.

- Submitted by FROGGEECHIK 8/15/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Always show up- you'll feel so much better

They say "you're only one workout away from a good mood"-SO TRUE!.
I've never regretted working out- doesn't have to be a sweaty session- a short walk, a short core workoutif pushed for time.
I have however regretted NOT working out & not woken properly that day, or I've kept a headache longer.

I'm not saying go hell for leather every day- just get SOME EXERCISE IN and reap the benefits long term

Eat Healthily
Move More
Sleep Better................be well
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- Submitted by NEW-CAZ 8/15/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Moving More

I park at the back of the parking lot whenever i am shopping. this gives me extra steps and if doing a big shopping a little resistance pushing that cart back.

- Submitted by ELLYNOR 8/14/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Free "7-minutes" exercise app

I love the free "7 minutes" app. It has a series of exercises (e.g. planks, push-ups, lunges, squats, jumping jacks) done in 30 second intervals followed by a 10 second break. I use it on my regular 5k lunch-time walks (do it at my half way point), while on the road (in my hotel room) or anytime I want to sneak in a quick work out. I don't always follow the exercises they direct you to do. The 30 second timer followed by a 10 second break is very useful on its own to do the exercises you want to do.

- Submitted by KFREMLIN 8/14/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Extra Steps

I park in a garage that is a good ten minute walk from my office. I can get in an extra 2,000 steps walking to and from the garage every day.

- Submitted by TRACYTREECE 8/13/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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