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Practice makes perfect.

Practice regularly what you'd like to be good at.
If you want to get better at running, you run…..at biking, you bike…….at a sport, you play that sport.

- Submitted by IRONORCHID 3/27/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Trick yourself into exercising

I am gullible and sometimes immature when it comes to telling myself I have to do things. So I made a rule: when it is time to exercise I have to put on my workout shoes. When I say "I don't want to" I start the self talk. "You know the rule!" "But I'm not going to exercise" I grumble....

- Submitted by JUSTYNA7 3/27/2010 in Exercise | 7 Comments

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running

Running helps me relax after a stressful day...

- Submitted by RAVEN227 3/27/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Audio Books

Nothing motivates me more than to listen to a great audio book. It makes you want to keep going if you are at a climactic part or keeps you coming back day after day to see what is going to happen next. I set my treadmill or recumbent at the intensity I'm aiming for that day and go for it!

- Submitted by STALEAN 3/27/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Make workouts "appointments"

I had a habit of cancelling my workouts because I didn't feel like it. To break that habit, I started entering them into my dayplanner like appointments. I even highlight them so that I can't pretend I didn't see them. Just like appointments, if I cancel one, I have to reschedule it.

- Submitted by MAGPIE17 3/27/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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move..every day

even for 5 minutes. make sure you do something conciously. take a walk. do some leg lifts. SOMETHING!! every single day.

- Submitted by NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/27/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Drop In!

My gym has both costly registered fitness classes and free drop-in classes. I've found that the drop-in ones are actually MORE motivating! It's often the same core group of people at all the classes, from Aerobics to Zumba, and they'll hold you accountable if you're gone for more than a day or two!

- Submitted by HOLISTICDETOXER 3/27/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Five Minutes

Tell yourself that you will exercise for just five minutes when you don't feel like exercising. Just that five minutes will get you going, and once you start, I guarantee that you will do more than just five minutes!

- Submitted by LOVINGMYSELF101 3/27/2010 in Exercise | 11 Comments

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Have a goal!

Set a goal. I use marathons (half marathons, 5 or 10 k's) to motivate me to exercise. The goal is not to "win," but to DO IT. I just finished the LA Marathon on March 21st. 7 hours, 1 minute and 23 seconds! 7 hours of steady 16-minute miles. And you get a t-shirt! Start training early! emoticon

- Submitted by CLCLOSING 3/27/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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10000 steps

Whenever the weather is to hot or to cold my wife and I will mall walk. We will walk around the mall before it opens and then we do our shopping when the mall opens. Another thing we do is when we go to the big box stores we walk to one side and then walk up and down the isles

- Submitted by TIPPY211 3/27/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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