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Foot massage

I have Fibromyalgia and have found that if I massage my feet prior to walking or biking,(or any activity for that matter) I seem to feel more energetic and can actually exercise longer and with less pain.

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Step the Stairs

I make it a point to walk up and down the set of stairs for 2 or 3 minutes at work every hour or so. At first I felt silly doing it but I figure I'm getting away from my desk for a bit and by the end of the day it's 15 minutes of exercise I normally hadn't done.

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Invest in a heart rate monitor

Buying a heart rate monitor was one of the best things I did to motivate myself to exercise. There is nothing more rewarding than reading the number of calories burned after each workout! As you get more experienced with it, it can also help you choose the correct intensity for your workout.

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Exercise In The Morning

I have found that when I exercise first thing in the morning and eat a sensible breakfast, my eating choices are better all day long are much better. I eat slower and get full faster. I also stay fuller longer.

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Accountability Partner

I'm not a morning person but I'm a stay at home mom. Sometimes I tell my 2 and a half year old that we're going walking the next morning. She always reminds me the next day. I may be able to break promises to myself but not to that sweet little face!

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tracking it on SparkPeople in the morning BEFORE I actually do it.

In the morning, while I'm eating breakfast, I track the exercises I scheduled for that day into SP. If I've already logged them, I'm obligated to do them! I would hate to waste the time, going back in and deleting exercises I didn't do that day.

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Dance, Dance, Dance!

If you have little ones and find it hard to work exercise into your daily routine, dancing is the key! Round up your little troopers and play some fast paced, happy music and dance until you're exhausted!

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The Word Game

When thinking of exercising how many of us contribute it as being a chore? What's helped me is not to think of the word as being laborious. Rather I think of it being a gift, something to reward myself, especially the benefits I reap of much needed weight loss.

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I just don't feel like it.

How do you overcome a lack of motivation to workout? All you need is enough motivation to put your tennis shoes on. The obstacle is NOT the exercise itself, but its simply getting off the couch and dressing out for the exercise.

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Remembering to Stretch

I have a hard time remembering to stretch after I exercise. To help, I printed the SparkPeople Stretching Guide, then placed it in a sheet protector and hung it on the wall where I keep my weights, bands & other gear.
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