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Abs Motivator

When I am strength training my core I take my shirt off and do it in front of a mirror. Seeing exactly WHY I am doing this while working out helps me stay motivated to work that much harder!

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Just Dance

I hate exercising.. but I love Dancing.. I went out and bought Wii's Just Dance! Let me tell you the first couple times I played I was sweating so bad i had to take a shower!! There's different songs with different skill levels. When you do the dance the way they show them.. it really is a work out!

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Just commit to 5 minutes

If you tell yourself you will just do five minutes, then you know you can fit that in just about anywhere. Then, most likely, you will continue once you get started. Before you know it, you've put in 30 minutes. And you can always stop at five if you have to.

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Avoiding Procrastination and Lack of Determination

9 mo. ago, I was on a roll. I walked everyday & I felt terrific! I was burning more calories than I would eat in a day which helped me lose more weight. Then life happened & I put off what I could do tomorrow. However, tomorrow never came. Don't stop doing what works, jump back up and keep walking.

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Think positive

For every negative reason you decide NOT to exercise think three positive reasons TO exercise

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EXERCISES

I LOVE EXERCISES AND I FEEL GREAT AAND WHEN I DON'T EXERCISES I FEEL GUILTY.

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Park farther away

I work full time and find it difficult to get all of the walking in that I want to do every day. One thing I've learned to do is to park farther and farther away in the parking lot of my building at work. It forces me to walk in the morning and the evenings and it also forces me to be on time.

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Get a Pedometer

Do not underestimate the power of 10,000 steps a day. A pedometer is incredibly motivating. I won't go to bed unless I have reached the 10,000 step minimum. I am actually in constant competition with myself to see how many steps I can add by a given time each day.

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Have a goal

Set a goal for yourself. It could be to run a 5K, join a softball league, or even take part in a charity walk. Once you set your goal post it somewhere where you can see it everyday. Then start to training for it. Look online for helpful links to help you achieve your goal.

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Mark your Calendar

I color in the blocks on my calendar on days I go to the gym: seeing parts of the calendar colorful makes me want the white boxes to be colored in too, encouraging me to work out.

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