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Diet Soda

I've been drinking Diet Coke for a long time now and everytime I try to quit (which I'd love to do) I get severe migranes. Thinking it was the lack of caffiene I tried to substitute with coffee, tea, etc. but nothing seemed to ease the headache except Diet Coke. Anyone else with this problem?

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An easy exercise following inactive periods or sluggish mornings

Tai chi helps me get past that initial barrier to exercise, when it just all seems too much to even contemplate. It's so gentle that it doesn't feel like exercise and pretty soon I'm ready to move on to other types of exercise.

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Find something you anjoy and just go for it

Exercise should be fun, whether alone or with friends, you should enjoy yourself in whatever you do. With so many different sports, classes and other activities out there, you'ra bound to find something you enjoy.

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Low/High Impact

The high impact exercises on the DVD are to hard? Don't give up. In stead of jumping along with the instructor march with the knees high at you place and you still have a great workout. Instead of jumping jacks step rights and left and do the arm movements. Don't give up! You can do it!

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Just Push Play!

This is for all you workout dvd people out there. Pop it in, push play, and DO IT! You'll feel so much better for the rest of the day!

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getting workouts done

This is only good if you keep your word to yourself. I enter my workout pts. before I do it & then I know I MUST do it, if not I have lied to spark & more importantly to myself.

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Make friends at the gym or bring one along

When going to the gym, especially if doing the aerobic classes, try to make friends or bring one along. Motivate each other by showing up, encouraging one another, trading tips on workouts, & swapping healthy food recipes.

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Musical Intervals

When you put music on your MP3 player for doing interval cardio, alternate the fast songs with the slow ones. No need to keep checking your watch, just speed up and slow down with the music.

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write it down in your journal

In addition to keeping a calendar for your exercise schedule, write down in your journal in prose style: "Later on today/right now I plan to run 2 miles/walk for an hour/do my strength training/etc." Seeing it in writing, especially in paragraph form, is extra motivation.

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podcast

Download your favorite podcast and base your workout on how long the episode is. Listen to it while you are doing your cardio and you won't be checking the clock!

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