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Exercise first thing in the morning

I like to exercise early in the morning. If I do it within the first hour of waking up, I almost never miss a day.

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Consistency

Pick a time and something that you like to do something that u enjoy and stick with it. No matter what. Accept no excuse and you stick to it on days you feel most tired and ready to give up.

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Make an Exercise Plan

I use my SP Fitness Planner for my strength training and cardio. I also write a plan for my 5 days of cardio on Sunday afternoon as I look at the schedule for the week ahead. This helps me fit it in, doesn't leave time for excuses and helps keep me fit and organized.

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Dressed for Success

I change into my running clothes as soon as I get home from work. Where else can I go dressed like this? And it would feel silly just sitting around all ready to go!

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"It's Only Thirty Minutes"

The hardest part of exercise for me is just getting out the door whether I'm going to the gym or for a walk. I trick myself by saying,"it's only thirty minutes" and that's enough to make me think, "okay, I can do that.' However, what I find is once I'm moving my exercise is usually twice that time

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Deal-a-Move

For those days when I'm bored or unmotivated I go to my "Deal A Move" deck - a collection of individual strength or toning moves cut from magazines and pasted to index cards. I just randomly pull out 1 or more cards and those are the moves I do. It adds variety and a sense of game play.

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Schedule excercise

If you are a scheduler and live by lists, plan out when you will work out on your calendar. So..you made a point to schedule it, so plan on it as if it were work, school, etc. Also, leave a bag of gym clothes in your trunk..so that you are always ready!

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Consistency is key!

I have found that if each day I just tell myself 10 minutes is all I need to walk or run or bike then at least if I am consistent I will build a life long habit of moving at least 10 minutes each day!

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Help for Touching Your Toes

If you are having trouble reaching your toes, take a tennis ball and roll it under one foot for a while, then the other. Try touching the toes again. You should be able to reach farther.

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Time

Focusing on Time. I do my eliptical machine and I can burn 500 calories in 24 minutes. I tell myself, it is only 24 minutes, I can do this, just 24 little minutes for the day, then I have the rest of the day for myself. It really works and keeps me on track!

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