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"Just ten minutes."

On days when I can't stand the thought of exercising, I make a deal with myself that I "ONLY have to work out for 10 minutes" and then I can call it quits. Of course, once I've made it through 10 minutes, I always end up wanting to keep going, but the little bargain removes the pressure and dread.

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Do What YOU Can Do

If you're bothered by an injury, or trying to overcome a disability, just concentrate on what you can do.

Don't be angry if you can't run a mile in 5 minutes, be happy you walk for five minutes.

Don't be upset that you can't get into the pool by yourself. Be happy you can be in the poo...

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Use a stability ball instead of a chair

I replaced my office chair at home with a stability ball which forces me to sit "actively" and I also find that if music is playing I will bounce along with it so it may not burn many calories but it's better than sitting static in a chair.

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Commercial Exercise

I put my 5lb weight under the end coffee table. When I sit down to watch TV, during every commercial I pick it up and lift changing arms with each commercial.

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Strive Machines

Strive weightlifting machines put tension on the beginning, the end, and the middle of the rep. You change your tension every set. It's simple, effective, and fun!

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Overcoming Obstacles

I need to be on crutches for 1 wk and in a knee brace for 2. Instead of giving up, I decided to find the +'s: great upper body workout, I can still go to Curves, just modify the workout, can still box on Wii, but need to be seated. Find a positive in each situation & let it be your motivator!

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Walking while surfing the net

I just got a SurfShelf, which is a plastic shelf that attaches to your treadmill. Now when I surf the net (or on Sparkpeople.com) I walk at 2mph at 8 incline.

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Interval Rotation on Cardio Equipment

I rotate through each of the pieces of cardio equipment in my gym for HIIT--really keeps my work out effective and interesting! I do HIIT 1-2x per week by using my hrm, staying 90-95% of mhr for 90 seconds at a time followed by 1 or 2 minutes of "rest" (back down to 80-90%).

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Intervals on the Elliptical

Try the interval program on the elliptical trainer. For 5 months I used the elliptical regularly in the 1 to 3 resistance level. I didn't think I could do more. Then I tried the interval program. I not only could I do it, but I burned far more calories than in the weight loss mode.

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Use a phone book (or two) as a step

Lay the biggest book you can find on the office floor and do 3 sets of 15 steps. Easy and quick. If you want more, hold something (less than 10 pounds) in each hand and when you step up raise them up over Your head.

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