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Make those everyday little things a mini-workout

When picking something off the floor, do a controlled slow squat instead of bending at the hip. When doing housework, contract and stretch the muscles your are using during movement. Ways keep your abs tight. Occasionally contract your back muscles and roll your shoulders. It All Counts!

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State Parks make me more fit

I like to go to the state parks and state forests to get my exercise because there is always a new trail to explore or a new experience to see and do.

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Be Creative in Finding & Putting in Exercise in Your Daily Life

Walk up at least one flight of stairs when going to and leaving from work. Walk up the escalator(s) (don't push non-mobile people on escalator--wait for them to get off if you want to walk up the escalator!). Grab house keys, drop off garbage, & then walk one or more blocks.

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workouts

The hardest part is getting to the gym.

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Good excuses

I work in the city. I try to find an excuse each day to run an errand that requires me to go on at least a 10 min walk. Anything to try and get a few extra steps in.

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Fewer Chiropractor Appointments

I have been seeing a chiropractor for several months due to a degenerative bone disease in my neck which causes pain in my shoulder. However, since I started doing yoga and strength training, I have been able to cut back on my appointments from every week to every three weeks.

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Abs Motivator

When I am strength training my core I take my shirt off and do it in front of a mirror. Seeing exactly WHY I am doing this while working out helps me stay motivated to work that much harder!

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Just Dance

I hate exercising.. but I love Dancing.. I went out and bought Wii's Just Dance! Let me tell you the first couple times I played I was sweating so bad i had to take a shower!! There's different songs with different skill levels. When you do the dance the way they show them.. it really is a work out!

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Just commit to 5 minutes

If you tell yourself you will just do five minutes, then you know you can fit that in just about anywhere. Then, most likely, you will continue once you get started. Before you know it, you've put in 30 minutes. And you can always stop at five if you have to.

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Avoiding Procrastination and Lack of Determination

9 mo. ago, I was on a roll. I walked everyday & I felt terrific! I was burning more calories than I would eat in a day which helped me lose more weight. Then life happened & I put off what I could do tomorrow. However, tomorrow never came. Don't stop doing what works, jump back up and keep walking.

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