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Walking away the pounds

I have been trying to walk 4-5 miles a day and reallly think it helps weight loss, and definitely improves my mood. Am trying to get a walking group going and when I mentioned that I walked 5 miles there was a collective groan and people started saying, no way I can't do that, don't expect me to wa...

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Make sure you get that workout in every day.

The first tip I have discovered along my weight loss and health improvement journey was to make sure I didn't make excuses for myself. I often would make plans to get my life healthier, but when the time came to begin, I always had some kind of excuse. There was always too much to get done, not en...

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See Your Way to Your Goals

Visualization: See Your Way to Your Goals


By: Nancy Howard, SparkPeople Blogger
3/28/2009


When I began my journey 4 years ago, I never thought too much about how long it was going to...

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My Workout Music Playlist

This is my personally created playlist of songs that I've purchased over the years. Having a long playlist gives me plenty of variety. I've found that every one of these songs provides a very good beat for when I exercise. I match my steps to the beat of whichever song is playing. There are enough t...

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Squeezing fitness in

No, squeezing in exercise just does not work well for me. I'm always in a hurry, so parking farther away does not work. I also have a neck problem and parking further away would mean finding someone to carry my packages back to the car if I was shopping. Taking the stairs, if not in much pain, is on...

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Do You Need to Set Your Workout Goals Lower?

Getting started has been my biggest enemy. Once I began an exercise I didn't mind it. Here at the Spark People site & in the Spark People book, & in the book Thinner in 30 I learned about setting small goals. Are you someone who feels overwhelmed with the idea of (and the pressure of) fitting exerci...

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Getting the Best Burn

Here are a few of the basics of how to develop a strength routine, it's time to create a simple full-body program, targeting the following major muscle groups:

quads (push) and hamstrings/glutes (pull)
chest/shoulders/triceps (push) and back/biceps (pull)
core

By focusing attent...

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Try to Fit Little Bits of Exercise In Whenever You Can It All Adds Up!

Whenever I can, I try to do little bits of physical activity as often as I can throughout the day, even when Im at work.

If the weather is nice, I take the opportunity to go walking. If I am on a coffee break (15 minutes), I take a brisk walk around the perimeter of my office building. If...

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How much exercise do we really need?

We can exercise in order to lose weight or we can exercise to maintain the weight we desire while still eating how we want. It's a choice. But how much exercise do we really need?

When putting together your workout routine, the first major component you need to figure out is your exercise ...

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Using the Stairs Can Take Your Fitness to New Heights

Using the Stairs Can Take Your Fitness to New Heights


Your body has 360 joints. Your heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood every day. Your body was made for movement. Unfortunately, global studies indicate you may be sitting between 7.7 and 15 waking hours each day.1

Prolonged hours i...

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