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How many reps to do when strength training

My trainer taught me this secret. I do three sets per machine/strength training exercise. The first set I do 12 reps at the lower weight, 10 reps with the middle weight and 8 reps with the higher weight.

- Submitted by KAKE138 3/28/2010 in Exercise | 41 Comments

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On Rest Day Done some light cardio.

On the days you choose not to go to Gym. Do a leisurely walk around your neighborhood twice for a total of 20 minutes. One in the morning and 1 in the affternoon minutes each.

- Submitted by YMUNDERWOOD 3/28/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Pick up a Sport, outdoor activity or group exercise

If you feel aerobics, running or walking is a drudgery then pick an outdoor activity, a sport or group exercise. Use this once or twice a week to replace your aerobics.

- Submitted by BVGIRI 3/28/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Increase by increments

Instead of trying to jump my cardio, I set goals for myself of increasing by a small percentage over a period of time to let it become ingrained. This prevents me from hurting myself by straining something which has been a real issue for me since I started out to get healthy.

- Submitted by BARBARASDIET 3/28/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Parking

We have a "500 steps" parking area at work. That means that I get 1000 steps a day just by walking to and from my car at work! That's given me incentive to park further away wherever I go by car. It really adds up and I can get to 10,000 almost every day!!!

- Submitted by LUCKIEST24 3/28/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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early in the am

I always exercise asap when I get up that way I cant procrastinate

- Submitted by DMORRISON2 3/28/2010 in Exercise | 6 Comments

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What to do first.

I exercise early in the morning.

- Submitted by CARLARCO 3/28/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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"It's only...20 minutes, 25 minutes, etc."

Falling out of an exercise habit is all 2 ez, I self-motivated 2 get back in2 habit by telling myself that it's only 20 min. I 'd start my beloved FIRM tape & go for the full time once 20 minutes were up.

- Submitted by SIMI44 3/28/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments

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Have at least one home workout

If you usually workout in a gym, a pool or studio, try to have at least one convenient at home option. This could be a jump rope, hula hoop, a set of resistance bands, etc. When you are feeling busy or unmotivated just plan to workout for 10-15 minutes while listening to music or watching TV.

- Submitted by SLYSAM 3/28/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Morning Exercise

If I workout in the morning, my whole day goes better and I don't have to worry about trying to work it in later in the day.
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- Submitted by KALIGIRL 3/28/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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