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The Word Game

When thinking of exercising how many of us contribute it as being a chore? What's helped me is not to think of the word as being laborious. Rather I think of it being a gift, something to reward myself, especially the benefits I reap of much needed weight loss.

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I just don't feel like it.

How do you overcome a lack of motivation to workout? All you need is enough motivation to put your tennis shoes on. The obstacle is NOT the exercise itself, but its simply getting off the couch and dressing out for the exercise.

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Remembering to Stretch

I have a hard time remembering to stretch after I exercise. To help, I printed the SparkPeople Stretching Guide, then placed it in a sheet protector and hung it on the wall where I keep my weights, bands & other gear.
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Get Together For Fun Fitness and Not Always Around Food

It seems most times, I am invited out to a meal when meeting with a friend or family. To mix it up a bit, I have begun suggesting getting together for a walk, bowling, bike ride, or some other physical activity. This has been accepted with much joy and comments like, "I never thought about that!"

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Move and exercise while doing everyday things

I once used to do this but forgot over the past few years. When doing something mundane like cooking dinner, brushing my teeth, watching television or even getting ready in the morning I make sure to constantly move. Whether it's marching in place, doing leg lifts, or modified butt kicks.

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Try out some Sparkpeople fitness videos!

You can track some of them on the fitness tracker, they are fun, definitely not boring but not too challenging either!

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Keep on walking, just keep walking, just keep walking ...

At the end of the day, you ultimately will have burned more calories doing the day-to-day activities than a specific workout period. Getting from one place to another is something we almost all have to do as part of those day-to-day activities. So find a way to walk from place to place...

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Morning Mile Runs Get Me Going!

A very simple yet effective way for myself and my family to get in exercise is to begin the day witha morning mile run AFTER breakfast,of course!We put toddler in the jogging stroller,put the Garmin heart monitor on me,and my hubby and I map our route out from our home to the park,logging a mile-

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give the rowing machine a try

I have always avoided the rowing machine, thinking I wouldn't like it. I recommend you give it a try. Check out directions on how to do it properly. You will get a great total body workout if used properly. Try it for just 5-10 minutes. I cut my elliptical workout by 10 minutes and did just that

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JUST DO IT!

If you know today is your workout day, don't think about it twice, just get up and DO IT! No excuses, no buts, no later, JUST DO IT, NOW! It will be over before you know it and you will feel so good and proud!!

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