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Fitting in Fitness

I keep resistance bands, light hand weights, and a balance board in my office. Whenever my job starts to stress me or I have a few minutes to fill, I utilize one of these items.

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Walk for Pleasure

I had forgotten how much I used to enjoy walking. I used to walk everywhere, just because I could. I purposely parked in the most inconvenient parking deck on campus the other day, and walked everywhere, just enjoying the beautiful day. Rediscover the joy of walking!

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Alternative Weights

Use your full water bottle as a free weight if you have none on hand!

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exercize when bored

The hardest days for me are days when I'm home alone all day. I get bored and tempted to eat.
I like to leave a dumbell out between where I'm sitting and the fridge.
On good days, I pick up the dumbell instead of the chips.
I find that if I work-out for just a few minutes, the cravings go ...

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KEEP IT UP

Even if you can't exercise a lot one day do some. Be consistant.
Don't let it slip
If you start missing it will be easy to miss more and more and you lose a lot of what you had gained in strength.

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22 Flights

I finally after two weeks have made it to the top! I climbed 22 flights of stairs and it feels great! I asked the security guard to let me out on the roof and he did. I felt like I was in a Rocky movie.

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Bike and Hike

Spring has sprung in Iowa. This is my favorite time of year. This means I can get out my new pink and white bike. I love to cycle. With RA, i feel less stress and impact on my joints, and I can get in several miles in just one ride. I have also started walking to most of my errands in town.

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Finding time

My secret to fitting in exercise has been to walk after ending my overnight shift at the sleep lab I work at. There are many scenic trails near my place of employment and most mornings I explore a different location on my way home from work. A great way to wind down and enjoy some "me" time.

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sneak in excercise

sneak some exercise in wherever you can. do some bicep curls with your waterbottle before you drink the water, stand on your toes for a few seconds at a time when you are standing, jog in place while you watch tv, etc.

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