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make your own circuit

I WANT to exercise for 30 minutes, but I get bored really easily. To combat this, I do 10 minutes on a treadmill, then switch to a bike and do 10 minutes there, and then switch to an elliptical and do 10 more minutes. It's much easier to keep going this way!

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Podcasts for Everything!

While you're on the elliptical or walking the dog or even making dinner, check out a new podcast! There are literally thousands of them and you're sure to find one on a topic that interests you. There are some great health and fitness podcasts out there: my favourite is Fat2Fit Radio!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Add Some Randomness to Your Workout

Go random! Most treadmills, ellipticals, and other exercise machines have different programs, like Hills, Fat Burn, etc. Intervals are a fantastic way to torch calories and improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance. Try the Random program to keep your muscles guessing!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Don't start where you want to finish when beginning to exercise

Unless you have been an athlete, start slowly with exericise. Even doing several short walks is better that trying to do a whole mile the first day you start. Build up to your goals.

- Submitted by TRYINGHARD1948 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Making Elliptical Training More Effective

Working out on those elliptical trainers at the gym can be fun, especially if you are listening to music or an audiobook on your iPod. But after a while, the routine can get stale. Many people only use their legs and just let their arms "hang on for the ride", but this is not an effective workout.

- Submitted by JULIEC1971 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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move, move,move

At 50 years of age I discovered exercise. I started small like walking on a treadmill, then went out walking on road. Once I got that going I decided to run. Now at almost 65 I am still running. Love it and appreciate you can still be active when you get old. 5 k's rock!!

- Submitted by JAZZERCISEGENIE 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 39 Comments

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Earn TV time with exercise

I make myself 'earn' minutes to watch TV or play computer games by exercising. ie, to watch 30 minutes of TV, I need 30 minutes of activity. 'activity' includes household chores, so this gets me moving, limits how much junk I watch, and gives me a dual purpose for using the vacuum.

- Submitted by TOASTIE 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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wear running shoes

Put on your running shoes when you are doing housecleaning. This always makes me feel like doing things faster, harder and with more stretching, squats lunges etc snuck into my cleaning.

- Submitted by COCOMAC7 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Cleaning house

Cleaning house always helps me lose weight . I stay very active and keep my house tidy at the same time!!

- Submitted by DAIZYNOAH2 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Wii Fit

Every day I try to do something different on my Wii Fit. Aerobics one day...Balance the next and then a day of Yoga... But..Every day I try to do the free step to get in at least 100 steps. It makes me FEEL GOOD!! I KNOW that I am getting my heart beating and I am burning those calories!! YIPPE

- Submitted by LINDAKAYCLARK 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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