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10am Walk

I take a walk with my Receptionist every day at 10am. It is the prime time for avoiding all excuses...warm enough to go out, but not too hot yet. Its only 15 minutes, and its fresh air away from the crazy office,

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Frustrated? Work it out!!

Up early; terrible traffic; rough day at the office; more traffic; exam in Geology evening class... only to discover I'd locked my keys in the car before going into class!! Called DH for rescue pickup & used those 30 mins to walk around the parking lot instead of fuming. Result-BETTER ATTITUDE!

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Sneak in a leg workout

When I take my 5 yo shopping with me, I let him push the cart. I walk behind him as close as I can, to help guide the cart. This forces me to walk with my legs at a wider stance. It's a great workout for my outer thighs.

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21 Days to make a small amount of movement a habit

What would happen if every day you climbed a set of stairs? Or put on music while the kettle is boiling and danced around the kitchen? Or every add on TV stood up and did a small chore? Before Spark people I did not think these tiny changes would make a difference but within 3 weeks it was habit!

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Find a Buddy

Find a workout buddy. Whether it is a friend or your dog, having someone counting on you for that morning run or afternoon spin class makes it harder to skip it!

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Exercise while doing something else

Last night I got dinner cooking (veggie pasta and a ton of veggies!). While I waited for the water to heat up, I picked up my free weights and got some upper boddy work in. After it was cooked, waiting for it to cool enough to eat, I did some core exercises.

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Plateau Breaking

Add a weighted vest to your daily walk, change from bocce ball to bowling, or from tennis to volley ball.

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Walk in place

Do you find it hard to get your 10,000+ steps a day? Well, learn to walk in place every chance you get. You can do this when talking on the phone, watching tv, or just anytime you feel like it. Before you know it, you'll be recording more steps on your pedo than you've ever seen before.

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Goals

Losing weight is my ultimate goal, but at 53 health is also really important. I tell myself everyday that even if not one pound comes off I know that when I am older I will feel great and be able to do things lots of folks cant (like get out of my rocker without assistance) lol.

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need to walk today

i have been slacking

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