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baby steps

When I find myself off track on exercise I will start small. Maybe a 15 minute walk and build from there. Eventually the 15 minute walk turns into two 15 minute walks then to getting up in the morning to hit the gym.

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exercize when bored

The hardest days for me are days when I'm home alone all day. I get bored and tempted to eat.
I like to leave a dumbell out between where I'm sitting and the fridge.
On good days, I pick up the dumbell instead of the chips.
I find that if I work-out for just a few minutes, the cravings go ...

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KEEP IT UP

Even if you can't exercise a lot one day do some. Be consistant.
Don't let it slip
If you start missing it will be easy to miss more and more and you lose a lot of what you had gained in strength.

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22 Flights

I finally after two weeks have made it to the top! I climbed 22 flights of stairs and it feels great! I asked the security guard to let me out on the roof and he did. I felt like I was in a Rocky movie.

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Bike and Hike

Spring has sprung in Iowa. This is my favorite time of year. This means I can get out my new pink and white bike. I love to cycle. With RA, i feel less stress and impact on my joints, and I can get in several miles in just one ride. I have also started walking to most of my errands in town.

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Finding time

My secret to fitting in exercise has been to walk after ending my overnight shift at the sleep lab I work at. There are many scenic trails near my place of employment and most mornings I explore a different location on my way home from work. A great way to wind down and enjoy some "me" time.

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sneak in excercise

sneak some exercise in wherever you can. do some bicep curls with your waterbottle before you drink the water, stand on your toes for a few seconds at a time when you are standing, jog in place while you watch tv, etc.

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Exercise with a friend!

Time flies when you're having fun!

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yoga first thing in the morning

I have found that doing a yoga DVD first thing in the morning gets me energized and feeling great for the day ahead. When I come home from work I actually WANT to take a walk instead of being exhausted.

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Push that Lawn Mower

I asked my husband to fix our push lawnmower... he asked why because we have a riding mower and he does the mowing. I decided that pushing the mower would be great exercise for me this spring and summer. Find your exercise where you can, it all adds up!

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