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burning calories while reading

If you want to burn extra calories, read a book, paper, magazine while on the treadmill. Set the incline at 5% and 2MPH and you will burn 156 calories in 30 min. You would have to walk at a 15min mile to burn the same calories

- Submitted by TIPPY211 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Commute time seems like a waste? Not anymore :-)

Everyone is short on time and long commutes do not help with this! To fit in some strength training on the freeway, I have created a series of arm movements (one at a time, of course) that I can do while driving. These involve pulsing pushing arm circles etc. Just put on some music and experiment!

- Submitted by SARAWITHOUTH 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Little ways to exercise

I am trying to sit taller and hold in my stomach while sitting at my work desk. Just a little way to incorporate some exercise throughout the day.

- Submitted by AIMHOS 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 29 Comments

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Finding the time~

Sometimes there are not enough minutes in the day so to get a little done without taking anytime, I use some "shower time" in the shower i do wall push- ups and some wall crunches at the beginning of the shower. Its not a lot but ever little bit helps... emoticon

- Submitted by KANTESSA8890 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Switch from scale to tape measure when starting strength training

When you start start exercising (especially strength training) for the first time, switch from measuring progress with scale to a tape measure for the first 2-4 weeks.

- Submitted by SHADOWPUP 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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PODCASTS!!

I just discovered FREE downloadable podcasts on iTunes. I now suscribe to 5 different nutrition/fitneess podcasts. I listen to these on the treadmill - it keeps me from getting bored and I am getting some helpful and motivational information at the same time. Awesome!!
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- Submitted by REBHUCH 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Tired of Music? Think Podcasts

If you're tired of your same old music standbys, consider downloading FREE podcasts to keep you moving - there are many free podcasts that include music intended to keep you at a certain heart rate or that offer motivational cues at certain intervals.

- Submitted by RAINBOWSMITE 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Reduce the failure and increase the success

We all make goals like getting to the gym 3x a week and then life happens. I would feel like a failure. One day I went on the strength exercises of SP and picked out the easiest ones I liked. Enough for ten minutes (not many when you include stretching after). Voila the fallback plan for success

- Submitted by JUSTYNA7 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Stretch or Dance or Lift Weights for 10 minutes

If I find that I'm crunched for time, and I need to get to work in a hurry, I'll fit in 10 minutes of stretching or 10 minutes of weight lifting or 10 minutes of dancing to my favorite Smooth Jazz station. When you're done, you can feel your heart pumping! emoticon

- Submitted by JUDGEDEBORAH 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Exercise Videos at the Library

Our local library has a large selection of workout videos. I like to try them out first before I buy them.

- Submitted by JAPETE05 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 10 Comments
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