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Shoes and a 5 lb weight at my desk

At work I keep training shoes for walking to lunch and a 5 lb weight to do strength training while on conference calls. Every little bit helps!

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MUSIC!!!!

Find the music that makes you want to get up and move!! Whether it's dancing, walking , or just plain exercising!!

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Dogs

Walk with your dogs. They get even more excited than you do and it's a great bonding time!

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Balance

While you brush your teeth, alternate standing on one leg as you switch mouth quadrants (every 30 seconds). Balancing develops your core muscles and may even be good for your brain.

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Pushing as Hard as you can

When I feel I can't do anything anymore, I jump on the treadmill and start running as fast as I can. Once I'm almost out of breath, I stop and I feel so much better (and the sprint helps boost my energy).

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set a mini streak

set a mini streak and see how many days in a row you can go. I set mine for 10 minutes of some type of exercise every day and when I am tempted to not do the 10 minutes I think of all the days in a row I would lose to have to start over again. who doesn't have 10 minutes?!

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Good Habits

Make exercise part of your daily routine. Soon it will become a habit.

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You can do it

Sometimes when I am exercising I feel like I want to quit. I think I'm sweating ,I've already did 10 mins Etc

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Jillian Michaels DVDs

About a year ago I bought Jillian Michaels DVD- 30 Day Shred. Since then I have bought any and all of her exercise DVDs. They are incredible. I have lost so much weight and kept it off. Great exercises. I highly recommend her DVDS.

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Become One With Your Pedometer

Wearing a dress without something to clip your pedometer to? Or want to wear your birthday suit around the house and still count your steps? Take an old pair of undergarments. Carefully remove the elastic and toss the fabric (bottom portion).

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