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Just Do it!!

I have found that when I schedule exercise for myself, and not allow myself to think it over I have no problem getting out the door and going to the gym or going for a walk. If I think to long... I think about how hard it will be and the 100 things waiting on my to do list and I don't do it!

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Bribing myself with TV

I record TV shows (things I *really* want to watch) and I can only watch them while I am on the treadmill walking. I like mysteries, so to discover the murderer I often end up walking longer than I planned.

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Figuring out what works

I have OA in one hip and can't move as quickly as I need to to get my heart rate up during cardio. I've learned that moving my arms, and keeping them above chest level, easily helps to raise my heart rate. I get an upper body workout at the same time, and have improved my balance and coordination.

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Just Dance it off!!!

I play Just Dance on my Wii. It's so much fun, i find myself saying "Ok, I'll stop playing after one more dance..." and 30 to 45 minutes after that I can finally quit. It's so much fun, and a super great workout. My husband even loves it. It's hilarious to watch him dance to "Pump up the Jam"

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burning calories

I add extra cardio/exercise by (no choice) parking far away at the parking lot at work AND instead of taking the elevator always use the stairs and try to go up them quickly when I can.

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Cardio Blast

I can really advice you all to purchase Coach Nicole's DVD's. In 15 minutes you have a nice workout at any fitness level. You can also combine workouts so you can easily turn it into 30-60 minutes of good exercise.

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Buy a Heart Rate Monitor

It will be the best money you spend, because you will EXACTLY know how many calories you burn when exercising. You'll find that most machines OVER-estimate how many calories you're burning, and maybe that's why you're losing slower than you would think!

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Make Opportunities

Never lose an opportunity to get in that exercise. Waiting for the school bus: March in place. Waiting in the check out line: Do calf raises, pelvic tilts, march in place. Sitting in the car: do knee lifts or arm exercises. There's always TIME, you just have to use it. Park further away, take the st...

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Dance Dance...It's a Revolution!!!

I like to Play Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)!! It has a dance pad, and easy to hard steps and great music! I get into it with friendly competitions, and trying to beat my best scores. Before I know it I'm sweting up a storm, and way out of breath while an hour has gone by!

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Dance Dance...It's a Revolution!!!

I like to Play Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)!! It has a dance pad, and easy to hard steps and great music! I get into it with friendly competitions, and trying to beat my best scores. Before I know it I'm sweting up a storm, and way out of breath while an hour has gone by!

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