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Move to the music

I love to put on my favorite up beat music and either run in place or on many occasions I'll break out into some dance moves. I feel my blood really flowing then. Don't stop now. Keep it going.

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Just 5 Minutes

On the nights I don't want to work out, I tell myself.."Get on the treadmill at least 5 minutes...after that time, if I don't want to keep going, I give myself permission to stop". Usually once I'm on and into the workout, I don't want to stop!

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EXERCISE AT WORK

I have a desk job so last fall I decided to use a stability ball as my "chair". Not only do I get some extra abs exercise, the stability ball makes me sit straighter at my desk.

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Indulge yourself post-workout

Buy nice shower products, body lotions and lounge-pants, so that you can reward yourself with nice things after a workout. That way you'll have positive associations with working out.

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Angry or Upset? Try Excercise

When I'm angry or frustrated at someone, I usually go out and take a long walk, run stairs, or do some other type of physical activity. It gives me a chance to think, and to work out my feelings. Usually I run out of energy at the same time I run out of mad.

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Bring a friend

To get in a good walk every night, I bring my boyfriend. We dont even realize we are walking, we just enjoy talking!

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Start Walking Program slowly

I had a heart attack and 4 by-passes.
The day after I got home I was very weak & easily out of breath. I started my Drs. walking plan, which meant only walking out 2 my mailbox 1x /day.
After 2 days I increased it to 2x/day for 2 days, then walked down the drive 2 my next door neighbors drive ...

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Make it fun

It took a few tries, but finding an exercise that I consider fun has made all the difference. My fun activity is water aerobics.

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calf lifts on stairs while skipping elevator

skip the elevator at work; take the stairs; not a secret right?
after each flight or 2 stop and do 15 calf raises from a step until you hit your floor. Summer calfs need to be beautiful and this will do the trick!

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Walk @ Work

Walk with a friend during break and lunch.

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