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SLOW AND STEADY

No matter how slow you are in getting your exercise done, just go slowly and start...you will get there eventually!

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Create a "MANTRA"

Having a "mantra" as I exercise helps me stay focused and determined. For example, I just tell myself whenever my inner whiner starts shouting "please stop" I yell back (in my head of course) "QUITTING IS NOT AN OPTION" and it provides for better results because I stick to it!!!!

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Calling all TV Addicts!

I'm one, too. I've made myself a schedule of 1 hour of TV every weekday that I'm only allowed to watch while working out. The key is, that if you stop exercising, you HAVE to turn off the TV. I love my shows so much that I keep going right up unti lthe "Next time on..." is over!

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Water......

Freeze plastic bottles filled not quite full with water.

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Focus on the feeling after exercise not the number on the scale

One of the things that has helped me continue exercising everyday is the feeling i get EVERY TIME after i exercise. Its that rush of energy and that sense of accomplishment.

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when i'm too tired!

i get myself prepped to work out and say i am only going to do this for 10 minutes. Once i'm into the 10 minutes, I'm pretty much up for 30 or longer! i just need that extra push to get started

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When I don't Feel Like Exercising...

When I don't Feel Like Exercising... I just tell myself that I'm only going to do this for 15 min. That usually does the trick to get me started. Then, of course, I usually end up exercising longer!

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Schedule Exercise

During the week I put my exercise on my calendar and treat it as a meeting, I print my calendar out for the week, I give one copy to my husband so he knows my plans & the other I hang up in my office; this way I am less likely to miss a workout!

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Foot Pain?

I keep a golf ball in my desk at work. When I have tight feet from running all those miles, I place my bare feet (at the arches) on the ball and roll it around for about a minute on each foot. I do this while sitting on conference calls, so no one can see my bare toes under my desk.

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Finding Time for Exercise

Most of us watch television. If you walk during a one-hour program and run/jog during commercials you will have walked approximately 40 minutes and jogged for 20. Not bad while you're watching your favorite show.

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