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Do Something You've Never Wanted To

I've always hated running, but I started jogging on the treadmill. Now I love it! AND I've lost 6 lbs since I began 2 weeks ago! So challenge yourself with something you think you won't like. You may surprise yourself. I sure did!

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Think of ALL movement as exercise

Studies have shown when people do normal everyday things, they can and will lose more weight if they think of the calories being burned. In the study, they had people doing things such as parking in the back of a parking lot and doing everyday around the house cleaning.

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Pedometer not registering?

I've had troubles getting my pedometer to register my steps depending on what I'm wearing. My solution, I clip it on the tongue of my tennis shoes when I wear them or on the top of my boot. It counts just fine then.

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Stand Up, Don't Sit

I started a new job that is not physically demanding. Whenever I can, I stand up to perform work required at a counter and only sit at my desk when necessary. I also perform lunges, squats and other activities/exercises as I can throughout the day.

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Compete with others trying to be come fitter.

When exercising donít compete with people below your level of fitness. Doing so will eventually set you back. You should only compete with people in your own fitness to range in order to stay at or improve you fitness level.

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Music

When I start my exercising routine, I listen to music. I created a "workout" CD that helps keep me focused. It is just a bunch of songs off of other CDs that I have but my workout CD has songs that has a good beat to them. I listen to my IPOD when I go walking and keep rhythm as well!

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Don't Like to Socialize At The Gym? Wear ...

...the biggest headphones you can find and NO one will try to chat you up through those bad boys! Just the sweat, ma'am, just the sweat!

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find a friend

its much easier to exercise when you have a buddy. on the days that you do not feel like working out a buddy will give you that little push needed and you can do the same for them the more the better

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CYCLING

i TOOK MY EXERCISE BIKE OUT OF THE SPARE ROOM AND PUT IT IN THE LOUNGEROOM. I WATCH MY FAVOURITE SHOWS AND CYCLE. ALSO FEEL TOO GUILTY NOT TO DO IT AS I HAVE TO SIT AND LOOK AT IT, HAHA! WORKS A TREAT FOR ME!

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Find something you love to do

When you want to be successful with your fitness routine, find something you love to do. You will stick with it longer. When you love to do it ..you are less likely to become bored.
It becomes something that you enjoy doing for a longer period of time. It become a pleasure to do.

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