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Chill your water before your workout! You'll...

...drink more than if it's room temperature!

I used to filter my water in the a.m. and then let it sit all day at room temp before going to the gym. I found that if I chilled the water in my office fridge during the day and then took it to the gym, I'd drink more of it chilled than not.

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Don't Underestimate the Value of Strength Training

I am guilty of this myself. The tendency is too look at the calories burned when completing a cardio session and feeling great about the accomplishment. But ST is critical in building muscle, preventing injury and in firming up all those jiggling problem areas- along with many other benefits.

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Getting exercise in!

You can split the amount of exercise through the day 10 min in morning, 10 min in afternoon and 10 min in evening.

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ready to work

I have a whole gym of exercise equipment and tonight I started to pull some out. I have a step, rower trampoline,treadmill bicycle stationary, but some have to be repaired. They are old and where used but when I was sick they got put aside. Some of the rollers are so old they have fallen apart.

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Start a streak!

Our team has decided we would start a streak this month! I think it will be fun and very supportive...And if Chris is doing it so can we!!!

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Take the dog running

Everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - makes fun of how I run, don't know why. So I take the dog with me. People ignore me to focus on the cute puppy and my self-consciousness is GONE!

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Exercising with the Kids

I have been using the Wii with Dance Dance Revolution 3 and two dance mats. The kids get to alternate on one mat and I stay on the other for a full 60 minute workout. Everyone is happy and mom is sweating bullets. The kids don't have to be good at it, they just like to spend time with me exercising

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Indoor Walking...means no more excuses!

I live in an area where is rains more often than it doesn't... so walking outside can be challenging. To keep up with my 10,000 steps a day program, I use the Leslie Sansone walking DVDs. I highly recommend them for beginners or any walker... they are great for those days when you can't get out.

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Consistent

I have found that if I am consistent with my exercise routine I am much more successful! So I go to the gym everyday with a routine and 3 days a week I add my strength excercising...

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Motivation...

Some words to live (and exercise) by!

"If you went running when you first started thinking about it, you'd be back by now"

"Others aren't starting at you, they're thinking how they should be running too"

"Someone who is busier than you is running right now"

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