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Easy Free Exercise Tips

Experts recommend working out 45 minutes to an hour a day (30 minutes for beginners) for weight loss and fitness. But if you're like most women, you don't always have a block of 30 to 60 minutes a day to devote exclusively to doing your workouts.

Lest you think that short bursts of activity h...

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Active standing for tone & posture

If you spend a lot of time standing at work, waiting for public transit, or just making the extra effort not to be a sitting lump, it's important to remember: standing actively is practically exercise, and will help you feel and look better.

By "standing actively," I mean engaging as many mus...

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Exercise Tips That Work

10 Tips For Exercise Success

How many times have you started an exercise program and then just quit going? Well... you're not alone! Many people start with great intentions but soon lose motivation and end up avoiding the gym altogether. We want to see everyone succeed so we've put together 1...

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Track Exercise and Housework Activities Every Day to Help Keep Your Exercise Program Challenging

I find that tracking my exercise program is just as important as tracking my food intake. As with recording my food intake, I have the greatest success when I make it a point to track all of my exercise activities every day. Tracking lets me know what types of activities I am doing and how long I ...

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Don't miss a workout


Yep. This is our inner voice, telling us we are tired, we did this two days ago, we don't feel good. NOPE. Get up and get out there.

Why should I? Because taking care of you is your job. It is your lifetime commitment to you. Exercise is an important component of that. I could cite a LOT...

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Try to Fit Little Bits of Exercise In Whenever You Can Ė 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 Iím 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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Training for my first race

So I feel like I was pressured to sign up for a race by my coworkers...he's a runner. Everyone knows that I'm very competitive and that I play sports. He said that one of my other coworker signed up for the race and she's not athletic at all nor does she run or play any sports so I have to sign up...

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Ways to exercise when you don't have time

You found your keys. You found the motivation to clean out your closet. Now youíve got to find 30 minutes in your day to get physically active ó and there are plenty of easy, no-cost ways to do it.

Think you donít have time? You donít have to do all 30 minutes at once.

You can even get...

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Find Your Playtime in Exercise

I've read this EVERYWHERE, but now I can attest to it myself. Make your playtime in exercising. There has to be something you love to do that gets your body moving. Whether it's hiking, swimming, dancing, circuit training, cross training, cardio kickboxing, taekwondo, other forms of martial arts, an...

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no shower goes undeserved

One simple rule. If you don't work up a sweat, you don't take a shower! This helped me lose 35 pounds four years ago, and keep it off until very recently. A few pounds have crept back on since I got lazy about this, and I'm re-committing to earning my showers. Even 10 minutes of something intense en...

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