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Share the exercise tips and workout ideas that have worked for you.

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Multi-tasking

While watching my favorite show, rather than fast forwarding through commercials, I will let them play and do exercises through them - 30 sec. of push-ups, 30 sec. of crunches, etc through the entire break.

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I go to MY gym, not THE gym

Instead of visiting THE gym to work out, I have taken ownership, and it's MY gym! I belong there as much as anyone else, taking ownership has made me more comfortable, just like MY pizza place, MY butcher shop, MY vegetable stand, MY grocery store! It works!!!

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Getting Walking in

I keep my sneakers in the car, when I get home I put them on and take off. I find I'm more likely to walk if I do it first before getting involved in the evening activities

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Make a circles

Stand with your legs 16 inches apart and arms straight up above your head. Start making circles with your hand and upper body. You can stand under ceiling lights and try to make circles with your hand fallowing by upper body. Start with 10 in each direction.

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It's never too late (in the day) to exercise)!

I always heard that exercising first thing in the morning was the best b/c you're more likely to stick to your routine and you get it out of the way. This never worked for me, maybe b/c I'm not a morning person. I work out usu between 9:30 pm and 11pm, while the kids sleep, and it works for me!

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Walking/Running Distance?

If you don't know how far you have gone when walking or running, Google Maps allows you to chart your path and while doing it, it tells you how far you have gone. Then you can figure out how many miles per hour you have walked/run - helps when it comes to tracking your exercise.

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Boredom is a choice

Boredom is a choice. I can choose to be bored with a workout dvd or i can ignore that thought and choose to enjoy and push harder every time i do the workout.

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For those with medical issues

When you have chronic health problems, allow yourself to rest when you need it, push yourself when you can, and know that it is okay! No guilt! Most of all, listen to your own body and spirit., and stay focused on the stepping stones that will ultimately lead to your goals

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Walking Challenge

You don't feel like walking "all that far" today? Make the route shorter but throw in a couple of extra hills to make it more interesting.

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Motivation

What motivates me on a daily basis when I wake up in the morning I already have my gym clothes on. So that I can't make any excuses.

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