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Do It First

If you make a habit of exercising first thing in the morning, you have less excuses not to do it.

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Play with your kid's Razor

After dropping off my nephew at the bus stop, I use his Razor to walk the dog around the block. It reminds me that I don't enjoy myself as much as I used to do as a kid. The dog gets to run faster, and I get a better workout.

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The MP3 PLAYER is your BEST FRIEND...

I HIGHLY suggest to anyone trying to loose weight, get an MP3 player It's my greatest weight-loss tool. Your life should always have a playlist~! You'll forget your even moving when you are distracting yourself with your favorite jams.

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Go Hard, till you have those endorphins!

When you work out (and only once you've warmed up), do your least favourite bit of your exercise plan FIRST. You'll have enough energy to get through it, and then you'll have sufficient endorphins to get you through the rest of the work out.

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Wii Fit

Using the Wii Fit is a lot of fun. There is a variety of balance exercises that keeps the workout interesting and challenging. You can chose any of them and many times as you want to try to beat your own score.

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Going to the gym first thing in the morning keeps me on track the rest of the day.

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Do Abs and strength first!

Unless your doing circuit training or a specific dvd, do your abs/core exercises first, then your strength, and then cardio LAST!
Why: Because you'll put everything into the strength/ab exercises if you do them first. Your muscles will not be as tired, and it will reduce the likelihood of injury.

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Take a yoga class

Really great way to learn to stretch correctly. Very important to stretch out your muscles and none of us really do it long enough. In a yoga class the instructor will help you understand how long you really need to hold a stretch.Try a drop in class

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Don't Underestimate the Power of Yoga!

This "secret" will probably throw some people off because I'm NOT referring to ashtunga yoga;just plain old limber-yourself-up yoga.It surprisingly not only gets your body more flexible,{IMPORTANT IN OUR AGING YRS!}, but it BURNS 212 cal. an hour and relaxes the mind through breathing exercises.

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My Personal Best: Staying Encouraged Not Discouraged

I have come to realize just how far I can push my body during my workouts which is "my personal best." I have tried on occasion to push myself further than I should, which leads to "burn out." Acceptance of the fact my personal best will always be good enough is for me, a valuable lesson!

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