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Working Arms on the Exercise Bike

I love my recumbent bike and what is does for my *bottom half*, but I don't always balance it with a similar workout for my arms, so I started using a small weight and doing some bicep curls, etc., while I ride. Every little bit helps!

- Submitted by XHOOSIERLOSER 3/31/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Folding Laundry

After I wash & dry the laundry & it's ready to fold, I place the basket full on the floor and bend at the waist for picking up each and every piece one by one, stand up straight at the edge of the table top, place my item on the table and fold. **This is a little added bonus to my exercise!**

- Submitted by MERAINA 3/31/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Throw Punches

If I'm not feeling like doing a workout or I'm on the treadmill or the stationary Bike and can't seem to get my heart rate up, I act like a boxer and throw some punches. It always gets my HR up, it brings my focus back to the workout, and gets me back into the "I am an athlete" frame of mind.

- Submitted by KCHRISTY6 3/31/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Facercise away that double chin

Along with strength and cardio training for my body, I've been doing daily facial exercises with the Facercise video. I've gotten rid of the double chin and jowls that had started to develop. My whole face is feeling and looking more toned. Inexpensive facelift....woo hoo!

- Submitted by CHOOWY 3/31/2010 in Exercise | 29 Comments

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Go the extra

Whenever I execise I try to take it one small step further each time. Along with my pedometer I bought 2lb ankle weights and wear them both all day. I forget that I am wearing them. I wear the weights around the house, doing yardwork, grocery shopping you name it. Go the extra emoticon

- Submitted by LOLASKEET 3/31/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Take an Exercise "Break"

I used to think that exercising 5 days straight was the best thing I could do. However, by day 4-5 I was wiped out, and felt like my workout was really suffering. Now I work out, Mon. Tues. take a break on Wed. Work out on Thurs-Sat, break on Sunday. It gives my body time to recoup :)

- Submitted by PALOMARES05 3/31/2010 in Exercise | 37 Comments

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Resistance Training

Adding resistance training has definitely sped up my metabolism, and increased my weight loss...muscle burns more calories than fat! emoticon

- Submitted by APATRICK99 3/31/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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working out

i always think a few days in advance to see my schedule if i'm not feeling like working out...it keeps me motivated in working out in the present...

- Submitted by QUEENOFKING1 3/31/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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High Intensity Exercise.......

Weights: A few brief intense sets only once a week is all that is needed for optimal results.
Aerobics: Brief intense 5-10 minute spurts as many times a day as possible. The more intense and frequency will create for the fastest change. Remember....work out only casual/moderate...nadda!

- Submitted by DWISSEHR 3/31/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Just What I Needed

When I really don't feel like going to the gym or working out I try to reind myself that exercise always give me a kick start. No matter how I'm feeling, (grumpy , lazy, sick), I always feel better if I start moving.

- Submitted by SYDKNEE 3/31/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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