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Lift weights!

Women tend to avoid weights or lift only 5 to 10 pounts because they fear they will "bulk up" We do not have the testosterone required to bulk up like a prize fighter! Building strong muscles helps boost our metabolism and makes us look leaner.

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for the ladies...

During that time of month, as much as you just want to crawl into bed and hide, get out there and do some extra cardio! It really keeps all that achiness at bay. And also if you have it in you to do some core exercises, your opposite muscles in your back will feel much better as well.

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Up and Moving if nothing else!

If you cant squeeze in exercise on a day or just plain dont want to then the best advice is to be up and moving around as much as possible! Cleaning or something!! I challenge my team to up and moving 10 mins of every hour they are awake! Best wishes on your journey!

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Walk Off Weight

I purchased a book "Walk Off Weight" I love it...different types of walks used and a resistance band(which I never used before) is used in one of the walks....
loving the book and the walks!!!

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Move It!

I recently found Zumba and this type of exercise just hits home for me. I'm excited and I'm moving!! I also sweat a lot. I've been trying walking, riding a stationary bike, and swimming (when the weather is nice), but none of these helped.

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IT'S ALL IN YOUR MIND

I believe that it is the internal self talk that gets us through exercise or not. If you continually tell yourself that you are tired and the workout will be hard of course it will be. If you tell yourself how much you are looking forward to working out and how strong you are you will DO IT!

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TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE!!!

Whenever I get on my treadmill, I cover the digital gauges with a hand towel and turn on my tv or radio and go go go!
Since I cant see how long I have walked it seems to get easier to walk longer and farther!! Silly I know, but it works!

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Get Your Hands Up!!!

When I'm on the treadmill and one of my fav songs come on I dance with my upper body.... even just fist pumping gets my heart rate up and make me sweat! So.... Better get your right hand hi!!!!

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Progress

At the beginning walking may be difficult. It is suggested that we begin with just 10 minutes a day, and I did. It's a process, but today I walked for more than an hour. An investment of a little bit can pay off eventually.

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Don't be intimidated at the gym or anywhere

Regardless of what you decide to try for exercise, don't let fear of being around the "fit" people hold you back. Be proud of yourself thag you are doing something and don't let fear of what others may or may not think stop you! You have just as much right and you are worth it!!!

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