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Morning Work Out

Seems the only time i'll keep working out is in the morning. So I set the alarm clock a few minutes earlier the days I plan to work out and start with at least a 10 minute exercise on work days and add weights on the weekends.

- Submitted by DARLENEDEE 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Enjoying using the treadmill

I try to use the treadmill at least 4 times a week. It can get boring. I go to the library and get books on CD and listen to them while exercising it makes the time go by fast and I can keep up with the latest books i want to read.

- Submitted by MICKEYSBEST 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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work out while you work

I do leg extensions, wall push ups, calf raises, standing hip abductions, downward dog, etc while at work.

- Submitted by MLIEN913 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Sweat

I'm addicted to my sweat when I work out so hard that I can't open my eyes because the sweat gets in them. Its my favorite part of everyday.

- Submitted by CELIESBLUES 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Small Increments...

If you want to do 45 minutes on the treadmill, but it seems overwhelming, tell yourself that you will do 30 minutes or even 20 and then keep adding 5 minutes until you hit 45.

This works wonders for me.

- Submitted by LORIANNHOFFMAN 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Step by step

On the days I simply can't get to the gym, I make sure I take the stairs to my 4th flr. office at least twice (up and down = once), park in the lowest level of the garage (adds 2 more floors of stairs) and choose the spot furthest away from the door.

- Submitted by COPEKAT 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Starting to run

Start by walking, and carry a stop watch. Start running, and clock the amount of time you run each time you do it. Alternate walking and running and look at your total time running at the end. Next time out, try to increase it for the same course, and soon you will be running the whole thing! emoticon

- Submitted by KOTABEAR1 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Wear a Pedometer

Exercise doesn't have to be time spent in the gym. Exercise can be doing laundry, running errands, grocery shopping or whatever keeps you moving. I may not get a chance to run on the treadmill, but if I've gotten 7500 steps by just being active at work, it doesn't feel so bad!

- Submitted by LORISMITH2573 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Exercise in the morning

I am much more active and less exhausted all day when I exercise in the morning.

- Submitted by KIMAGINE 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Think like a man

When woman are upset we tend to reach for food as a comfort. When men are upset they tend to hit the gym and power lift.

- Submitted by PRINCESSMANDIE 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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