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Neighborhood Walking - Incorporate Storm Drains As Steps!

We have a 3 mile route in our neighborhood and every time we get to a storm/sewer drain, I use them to do steps. It breaks up the walking and gets my heart rate up. With 29 drains on the route and 20 steps on each leg, that's 1160 on top of a 3 mile walk! Pace yourself, I started at 5 steps each!

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" B R E A K I T UP "

Don't have enough time throughout your day to exercise. Why not break it up into three 10-minute sessions? If you're working, use your breaks and lunch hour. At least you're getting the recommended minimum of 30 minutes a day.

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Extra steps

When I get a bus, I walk 10 minutes and also get off tw0 bustops before my stop. I don't drive so this ensures I get some extra steps in every day.

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Chill your water before your workout! You'll...

...drink more than if it's room temperature!

I used to filter my water in the a.m. and then let it sit all day at room temp before going to the gym. I found that if I chilled the water in my office fridge during the day and then took it to the gym, I'd drink more of it chilled than not.

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Don't Underestimate the Value of Strength Training

I am guilty of this myself. The tendency is too look at the calories burned when completing a cardio session and feeling great about the accomplishment. But ST is critical in building muscle, preventing injury and in firming up all those jiggling problem areas- along with many other benefits.

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Getting exercise in!

You can split the amount of exercise through the day 10 min in morning, 10 min in afternoon and 10 min in evening.

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ready to work

I have a whole gym of exercise equipment and tonight I started to pull some out. I have a step, rower trampoline,treadmill bicycle stationary, but some have to be repaired. They are old and where used but when I was sick they got put aside. Some of the rollers are so old they have fallen apart.

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Start a streak!

Our team has decided we would start a streak this month! I think it will be fun and very supportive...And if Chris is doing it so can we!!!

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Take the dog running

Everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - makes fun of how I run, don't know why. So I take the dog with me. People ignore me to focus on the cute puppy and my self-consciousness is GONE!

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Exercising with the Kids

I have been using the Wii with Dance Dance Revolution 3 and two dance mats. The kids get to alternate on one mat and I stay on the other for a full 60 minute workout. Everyone is happy and mom is sweating bullets. The kids don't have to be good at it, they just like to spend time with me exercising

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