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Love My Pedometer

Consistently wearing my pedometer has made me much more aware of how much I move during a day. I get up and "walk" even when I'm watching tv- no more sitting for hours at a time!

- Submitted by ELSEEBEE 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Too Busy in the Evening, Try Mornings!

When you find yourself too busy in the evenings to fit in a workout. Try to commute to work in a different manner or get in early. I now bike to work and walk to lunch to fit in exercise I normally would have to go without during busy weeks at the office.

- Submitted by TRMPTSUPAMAN 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Use the park bench

The next time you're out for a walk in the park make use of the park benches you pass. At the 1st bench do 5 step-ups for each leg...at the next one do 5 tricep dips, then try push-ups off a bench, then seated leg lifts... Just keep alternating. You'll get a full workout by the end of your walk

- Submitted by CROPER2 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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enjoy the outdoors

you can swim, walk, pick berries, smell flowers, PLANT flowers, there is SO much to do get out and DO IT!!

- Submitted by NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Suck it in...

When you're running, or walking, or...whatever exercise you're doing, suck in your gut & keep it sucked in. Helps tone your mid-section & prevent injury, like back strain. Improves your posture & works your core. Try it next time you walk to the water cooler

- Submitted by CROPER2 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Make workouts routine

You are probably in some sort of rut, even if it's only the route you drive to an from work. Make working out part of it. If you set yourself to automatically go to the gym after work, you'll keep 'finding yourself at the gym'. And once you're in the gym parking lot, excuses get a lot harder to come by.

- Submitted by RIVKAESQUE 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Walking the dog

My dog also has a few pounds to lose so getting out and walking him everyday is motivation. When I see the joy he gets when he sees me putting on my sneakers, how could I not take him out? Then we both benefit. I have started enjoying the walking so much that I challenge myself to longer walks.

- Submitted by KATHERYNP 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Make an Appointment

Plan your day and set your cell phone alarm to ring when it's time to exercise. We wouldn't dare miss a meeting and we should have the same attitude regarding our exercise.

- Submitted by HIKERJOHNSON 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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CONSISTENCY

Some days, its hard to be motivated about exercising. On those days, I always think how much closer to my goal I will be with a minimum of 30 minutes cardio. Afterward, I feel so good physically, mentally and emotionally. Watching my body change for the better is SUPER REWARDING!

- Submitted by SIMPLEEREDD 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Exercise you love

Find something you love to do - don't just exercise for the sake of it and you will find that activity comes easily. I LOVE yoga and can schedule three weekly sessions with no problem because it is something I really enjoy doing!

- Submitted by MAMAGOSS 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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