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Pump up your heart while you pump up your tank!

While pumping gas into your car, use the platform as a step and do step up, step down exercises until the tank is full. Just a way to squeeze in a burst of exercise! You can make this as vigorous as you want to! Pump up your heart while you pump up your tank!

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Change It Up!

I have found that continuing to try new forms of physical activity help me stay challenged and engaged. Last year I tried yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, ran a 10K, and participated in new high intensity classes at our local YMCA. Movement is essential to maintain health.

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Find a mountain

Want a sense of an accomplishment? Hike. Locate a hill nearby, climb to the top. Get the reward of beautiful scenery when you get there. And to boot, it burns a crazy amount of calories.

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I take pictures from Sparkpeople to the gym

When I look at workouts or pictures of an exercise I haven't tried, I take it with me when I go to the gym.

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Hula Hoop!

A big fan of multitasking, I love the fact that I can hula hoop while doing other things - I watch TV and hula hoop; sometimes I read while I hula hoop. I'm also saving up for hula rings so I can use them on my arms at the same time.

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I like to . . .

Go to the gym and have a plan. I like to not think about anything but working out. If you focus on one thing at a time you will get better results.

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Choose something fun to move to!

I found that Tae Bo and Pilates is very effective with not only losing weight but it also keeps your heart healthy. These videos keep your exercise upbeat and fun so you don't get bored or overwhelmed. Billy kicks my butt but he is inspirational and pushes me to finish, before I know it I am done!

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Reading Books

Avid readers can kill 2 birds with one stone by reading their favorite book while riding a stationary bike or walking on the treadmill. Reading the book takes your mind off of the length of time you have been exercising.

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Interval training music

www.podrunner.com's interval training music is really cool. Training programs C5K, C8K, C10K available. VERY helpful. Best part: It's free!

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Childhood Love Keeping It Simple

Exercise doesn't have to be a chore. Look at some things you did as a child for fun like jump rope, hula hoop, kickball, dodge ball, and hop scotch these things never felt like exercise. It was all simple and fun things to do with family and friends.

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