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Exercise

Try to make yourself exercise when you think you do not feel like it. You might be surprised.

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The 10-minute Deal

On those days when you REALLY don't want to exercise, make a deal with yourself that if after 10 minutes you're still too tired/don't want to continue with your workout, that you can stop with no guilt. When I do that, nine times out ten I do my entire workout.

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Leg Lifts

Driving to and from work everyday I do leg lifts. I feel this is helping tone my stomach muscles.

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Find something fun!

I had to drag myself to the gym every time. Since I hated it, I did it as quickly as possible and left. No wonder I never made any progress... But when I decided to try the classes at my gym, I found I love low-impact aerobics, Zumba, pilates... Now I'm at the gym 6 or 7 days a week!

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To make it just a little easier...

Don't think of exercising as something you HAVE to do, but something you WANT to do. I don't HAVE to do 15 minutes on the elliptical tonight and 15 minutes on the treadmill. I WANT to do them!!

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Travel Smart and Healthy

Airport walking is a great way to squeeze in exercise when flying. Whenever I find myself with a 2 hour layover I make sure to spend at least an hour of that time walking laps around the airport. You can window-shop and people-watch just like when you're mall walking.

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HIIT Training

High Intensity Interval Training really works. On the treadmill I like to do a 2 minute all out sprint then two minute moderate paced walk in between. Do this 15 times and you've done 30 minutes of cardio!

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Do something Different

Go fishing, mow the lawn, work in your garden.

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Dance through your day

I love to dance, and it's such a great form of exercise for full-body toning and cardio. I incorporate it into my day whenever I can. I just put on some upbeat music and dance through whatever I'm doing.

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TREADMILL

IF IT TAKES 12 LAPS TO MAKE ONE FOURTH OF A MILE,HOW MANY LAPS DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A MILE?

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