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Walk With A Friend

I have been walking around my community for a long time and one day, one of my neighbors asked to walk with me. It was really fun and we gabbed all the way. We now walk three days a week and vary our routes. We haven't run out of things to talk about yet.

- Submitted by HARRINGTON5 4/1/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Not really a secret!

I have no motivation !!

- Submitted by DIAMONDST 4/1/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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"I'm not a morning person" Why not?

Everybody that works out in the morning says that they feel accomplished and they don't have to worry about it the rest of the day. I then see EXCUSES for not working out in the morning such as "I'm not a morning person", to me that says "I'm not committed enough to change my lifestyle."

- Submitted by TAREN584 4/1/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Too busy to exercise?

Too many chores and errands to do to exercise?? Do both! When folding laundry, I try to use as many muscles as possible (stretching, tightening stomach muscles, etc) same with dusting, vacuming, dishes, and scrubbing. By tightening stomach muscles, watching posture, and stretching it can help!

- Submitted by MAMA_GOOSE 4/1/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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walk instead of driving

unless an errand or activitty is more than 5 miles roundtrip or I will have to carry more than 10 lbs ( ie: goceries, dry cleaning etc ) either way I do not drive. I walk or jog. I save on gas , help the enviroment and get fit at same time. More fun than walking track.

- Submitted by QUEEN_EZ 4/1/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Getting it done easily

I hate exercising, so I placed my elliptical machine directly in front of the TV so in order to watch it I now have to get on the elliptical to workout which is working out pretty good for me.

- Submitted by KWILLIS38 4/1/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Ride and Watch

I have a recumbent bicycle (the low profile, support your back kind) between the couch and TV. If I don't get any other exercise in, I can ride for 30+ minutes while watching TV. The bike is low enough and quiet enough to not bother the rest of the family trying to watch.

- Submitted by 1FEISTYMAMA 4/1/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Remember to Breathe

I tend to tense up when I exercise, a new arena for me, and either don't breathe properly or just don't breathe. To be sure that I do at least the latter, I either count reps or narrate my movements aloud. If you're talking, you're breathing. They go together like a horse and carriage.

- Submitted by SYLPHINPROGRESS 4/1/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Knees Hurt?

Engage your abs when walking, running, or climbing stairs. This will automatically take pressure off your knees. The exercise will be easier AND you'll burn more calories!

- Submitted by SING_LOUD 4/1/2010 in Exercise | 6 Comments

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Competition

Make it competitive! If you have a loved one a friend who are also looking to improve their lives make exercising a competition.

- Submitted by CARAJO82 4/1/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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