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Use what you have available

I use my surroundings to get in "extra" exercise. I "live" and work downstairs in my townhouse but the upstairs is part of my home/life and I have a list of things I can/need to do upstairs. I always use the upstairs bathroom, for example, not the downstairs one, etc. emoticon

- Submitted by MARGOO_GNU 11/3/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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stretching

My co-workers have become completely used to me doing body stretches while carrying on a conversation with them. There are a lot of them that can be done while sitting in a chair or standing. I of course avoid the sitting on the floor one! Oh how nice it would be to work at a daycare. LOL

- Submitted by KBLCDML 11/3/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Extra Exercise

Instead of just doing 1 big shopping trip, I make multiple smaller trips. This keeps me moving for a longer period and hopefully burning more calories.

- Submitted by RKOTTEK 11/1/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Scheduling fitness

I setup a schedule for working out on my work computer. In Outlook I schedule when I am going to work out and set it on weekly repeat. I set reminders 20 minutes before I have to leave so I make it to the class/gym on time. Definitely helps when I'm focused on something.

- Submitted by CEIGSTI 10/28/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Laps around the neighborhood = miles in no time!

No need for fancy equipment or a gym membership. Just get outside and start walking (or jogging) laps around your neighborhood or even up and down your driveway. Track your laps on "Map my Walk" and it will calculate your speed and distance. Those laps = miles in no time at all!

- Submitted by GOING-STRONG 10/21/2014 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Doing fun exercises daily

My fun exercises are: ballroom dancing, zumba, walking, following you tube videos from Jessica Smith TV, Leslie Sansone and yoga with Adrienne, going to the gym and joining in on yoga class once a week and working out with a trainer at the gym for 30 minutes once a week.

- Submitted by TERRI518 10/20/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Cleaning Dance

I love to listen to music while I clean or fold laundry. Most of the time is is easy to just start dancing while I work. The dog sometimes thinks I am weird though. emoticon

- Submitted by JULIEJOEL 10/18/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Pomadoro- slicing the tomato!

I work at home, sitting in front of a computer.
One technique for better work quality is the 'pomadoro' where you set a timer and work either for 25 minutes then take a 5 minute break, or work for 50 minutes and take and take a 10 minute break. Use the breaks for exercise, get up, move, stairs, back yard, getting a drink. Just MOVE!
The pomadoro, working in slices, improves work output and can program in activity to an otherwise sedentary day. So SLICE and MOVE. emoticon

- Submitted by LA-BRIT 10/17/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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"Old Dog" and "New" Trick

I recently resumed running as a cardio exercise, and I feel better mentally and physically. Exercising outdoors clears the cobwebs for the rewarding and stress-filled work of a middle school teacher.

- Submitted by BDJOHNSON 10/16/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Walk / Jog in Place during the Day

I work from home, so I have to be sitting at least 8 hours a day in front of the computer. I have found several short songs with a very quick beat that work well when I have a moment to hope up and walk, sidesteps, or jog in place. I turn and look out the window or door to refocus my eyes. I sit back down feeling refreshed.

- Submitted by TWILAQ1 10/12/2014 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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