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Modify to Keep it interesting

doing repetive things can get boring, and your body can get so used to it it doesn't help as much - modify by doing 10 sets straight, then adding something different like head turn s or leg lft sfor the next 10, alternate- or do your whole circuit in reverse, or change your route....

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Traveling Tips

When traveling for work or vacation, always bring running shoes and a good resistance band. They both are light and compact enough to fit in a suitcase, and will give you a convenient, portable gym away from home.

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regular exercise

i find that regular exercise is the key,besides eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle, to lose weight and to keep it off. regular exercise is helping me to keep off the weight i have lost and it is something i have come to really enjoy!

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Mini Workouts

When you are super busy, mini workouts thru the day can help you reach your fitness goals for the day. Rather than taking a full hour to work out at once, workout 2 30 minutes sessions or 4 15 min sessions. Hopping on the bike or walking when you can will help boost your fitness minutes!

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Hair of the Dog

This is a new one for me. When I work out and I'm sore the next day, I go ahead and do a cardio workout. From what I read, it's a bad idea to do nothing at all, that will extend the amount of time you are sore. If you repeat what caused the soreness, it can make you weak. .

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Exercise with Driving (w/o sacrificing safety)

Contract those stomach and butt muscles and hold for a few minutes. Then release. Isometrics while driving do not interfere with your concentration for the road. Start by just doing these at red lights. Before you know it, you'll be doing them all the time.

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Move to the music

I love to put on my favorite up beat music and either run in place or on many occasions I'll break out into some dance moves. I feel my blood really flowing then. Don't stop now. Keep it going.

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Just 5 Minutes

On the nights I don't want to work out, I tell myself.."Get on the treadmill at least 5 minutes...after that time, if I don't want to keep going, I give myself permission to stop". Usually once I'm on and into the workout, I don't want to stop!

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EXERCISE AT WORK

I have a desk job so last fall I decided to use a stability ball as my "chair". Not only do I get some extra abs exercise, the stability ball makes me sit straighter at my desk.

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Indulge yourself post-workout

Buy nice shower products, body lotions and lounge-pants, so that you can reward yourself with nice things after a workout. That way you'll have positive associations with working out.

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