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Walking Home with Groceries

When walking home with groceries, carry two bags so you can carry approximately the same weight on each side, easing pressure on one hiop or one side of the lower back.

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Apples need aerobics

My body shape, I just found out, is called an apple shape (lots of belly fat). Therefore, I do a lot of aerobics because I found out that that is the best way to get rid of the belly fat. Not with crunches.

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Lace up your Sneakers!

Even if I'm not feeling like getting out and working out, I lace up my sneakers and promise I'll do 10 minutes and then I can stop. After I get out there, I'm ready to keep moving and go beyond my 10 minute promise!

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Find your power song(s)

When you're working out alone, it's easy to call it quits 5 minutes early. One of the best things happened to me the other day as I was hitting the - (slow speed) on the treadmill... my power song came on! It was perfect and I hit + then +, then +, repeat!!!

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Multitask!

I like to get moving when I clean and organize the house. If sweeping isn't enough movement for you, then use the broom to do a few exercises and dance dance dance with your vacuum! Not to mention, moving around big boxes or tubs for some reorganizing can really act as some good strength exercises...

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Morning exercise

I am a morning person. I get most of my exercise done early. Then if I have more time during the day, even just 10-15 minutes, I get in a bit more. It has been great for me.

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Create a routine

I work out as soon as I get home from work. I walk in the door, change clothes, and go do it. If I sit around for awhile first, it is a lot easier to change my mind and just watch TV instead.

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the Y

I have found that the local YMCA is a great place that I can use to aid in my exercise and workout program.

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Running

Find a good running program. I'm using Couch-2-5k. Even if, like me, you've never been able to run, a structured program can get you there.

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Take the stairs, even if you dont have to.

At work I take the stairs to the 2nd floor bathroom, then when I'm done, I take the final flight of stairs up to the 3rd floor, then go all the way back down.

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