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Need a little fitness variety in your life?

Check out your local library, they just might have a large selection of fitness DVDs. Got Netflix? add fitness DVDs to your queue. It's a great way to try new workouts b4 you buy them, and also just a great way to change things up.

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Dance

When cooking, cleaning anything, add some good dancing music and dance your way through you day!!

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i am working out

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It All Counts!

Whatever active thing you do counts. Whether housework, skipping the elevator and taking the stairs, parking your car at the far end of the parking lot to lengthen your walk into the grocery store...it all counts! So, count it all!

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While taking stairs

I make it a point to take steps upto the 7th floor of my office building once in a day... While doing so, i dont think i am doing some difficult work, i just look nowhere and take steps slowly.
Once i finish.... im Soooo happy. The catch is act before u think.

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Do something you love to do.

When I first started exercising, I was completely out of breath. I couldn't do anything for more than 5 mins(seriously). I find that as you progress into doing Physical Activity, you'll often succeed at sticking with it.

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Zumba from a Chair!!

I had to get creative after surgery on both of my feet. YOUTUBE to the rescue! In addition to videos for chair aerobics, I also use ZUMBA videos and follow along most of the arm movements. FUN and calories burned from the chair. Great work out.

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Park your car at the far end of the parking lot, then take the stairs!

When I go to work I don't try to park close to the front door, instead I allow myself some walking distance. When I reach the building I take the stairs to the 5th floor instead of the elevator! It takes me almost 10 minutes and I really feel those stairs! This can really be done anywhere, anytime!

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Give up the car as much as possible!

Do you really NEED to drive? Most trips are under 2 miles from our home. Do you actually have the time to walk? Or bike? If you walk that .5 miles to get groceries & have to carry them home you will also be less likely to fill the bag with junk you don't need. Ditching the car is really a win win!

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Walk in place

Walking in place helps you earn more steps on your pedometer, and burns more calories than just standing there.
So keep moving!

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