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Make it Fun Again

Lately I have changed up my exercise routine to other things besides the regular elliptical workouts I was doing. I have tried pillates, zumba, and next i want to try group kick!
This makes exercise so much more fun. I actually look forward to going to my classes.

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kids and no money or time for the gym

If time is not on your side, get out and about with the family. Walking is free, i pop baby in her stroller and with my older two we go for a walk at least 30 minutes this way the whole family is getting daily exercise, we spend quality time together and it does not feel like a chore.

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Working out If Over 50

Did you know that the more you work out the more energy you have and the younger you feel. By the way exercise is addicting!! It doesn't matter how long you've been sedentary, it really works! It is better than ANY anti-depressants out there! Thanks Sparks!!

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Find ways to exercise

When running errands around the office if you need to go upstairs or downstairs why not RUN up the stairs or down the stairs? (while watching what you're doing. You don't want to hurt yourself)

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Trick yourself into going to the gym!

If I don't want to go to the gym, I will trick myself by pretending I'll just go for one class, or I'll just go for 30 minutes on the elliptical. Once I'm there and my heart rate's up, I inevitably stay longer than the minimum I started with.

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cool down to have no pain

When I exercise I warm up slow with heart rate at 120 or under then when I cool down I come down over a 5 to 10 min time frame. Slowly cutting my speed. My legs work out all the lactic acid and they aren't sore after the work out. My goal is heart rate of 110 toe 115 to end.

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Exercise daily

I exercise on a daily basis and have lost inches without dieting.

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Just MOVE

So many days I don't feel like exercising. Once I do it I am so happy and feel better. By starting the day with a workout, I already feel successful. I also find that I am more active and more willing to take the stairs or add more movement to housecleaning.

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commercial break

When the commercials come on during your favorite TV show, get up and walk around or run up and down the steps a few times. You will be amazed at how much extra activity that will add to your day.

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SparkPeople Balance Board

To get more out of my daily routine, ie dishes, preparing meals, I use the SparkPeople balance board whenever I can to help tone and strengthen my core and lower. You'll be surprised at how "that little pillow" makes you work and it is very reasonably priced.

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