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Rolling out of bed workout

Do you find it hard to schedule your stretching or a morning routine? I typically do my 12 - 20 minute routine before I even get out of bed. The firm support of the mattress is good for my aching back. Unless I am tight for time, I do this daily routine: crunches, bridges and wrist weights, etc.

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You Teach This Exercise Class

I found this to be a great way to step up and motivate your exercise routine. I am Sixty years old and going strong. I'm the thinnest in my class.(Smile Smile) Do your routine in front of glass mirrors in your bedroom or hall. You workout with your best friend. I've lost 30 lbs. in 5 months.

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Just 5 minutes

When I was first starting to exercise, I coaxed myself with the promise, "Just 5 minutes! If you hate it, you can stop. Just 5 minutes." Knowing I was "allowed" to stop made me more consistent. Years later, it still works on days when I don't feel like it - and those are few and far between!

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Running - Take a Break!

I am training for a half marathon and I have read that it is actually just as important NOT to run a few days a week as it is TO run...so take a break! :)

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From PJ's to work out clothes

I put my excercise clothes out every night on my dressing table bench next to my bedside table so when I get out of bed I always put them on and work out. It kind of takes excuses out of play.

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Really walk while Wii walking

I love my Wii! I actually walk on my treadmill while doing the Free walk on the Wii. Marching in place just made my feet hurt. Try it!

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Watch the Biggest Loser while workign out

I like to watch the Biggest Loser while running on the treadmill. It helps me to always push myself farther.

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Watch your favorite show

I have my elliptical set up in a room with a TV, I can put on my favorite show, turn the volume up loaded enough to hear and zone out on that rather than on the exercise. Now I don't "want" to stop until I see the end of the show!

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Changing clothes!

I have found that if I change my clothes at the end of my work day, that when I actually get home I grab Bear's leash and I'm out the door! I don't give myself time to think about all the other things that need doing around the house...I put me and Bear first

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Spend time exercising, don't spend time getting ready to exercise!

Many exercises can be done in your everyday clothes! Walking (just wear walking shoes), crunches, jog in place, many light calesthenics, dumbell exercises, and many Sparkpeople exercise videos can all be done in street clothes! Saves the time spent driving to a gym and changing clothes.

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