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Don't call or email - GO!

In the traditional office, it has become so easy to just call or email a person. For the most part, we don't talk face to face anymore. A sad result is that we don't move as much. To be healthier, get up & go see the co-worker in person. If possible, take a flight of stairs instead of the elevator.

- Submitted by STORMTMB 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 28 Comments

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Sticking to your work outs

Make friends at the gym, they will expect to see you and will miss you when you are a no show -- you become more accountable...

- Submitted by DONLYN1 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 5 Comments

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Power Walk

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I try to power walk 4 miles a day throughout the community where I live.

- Submitted by LJMOLYNEUX 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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EXERCISE AT HOME

YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY FOR A GYM! WELL BUY AN EXERCISE BALL,RESISTANCE BANDS AND SOME WEIGHTS AND DVD'S AND ALSO YOU CAN WALK.SPARK HAS SO MANY EXERCISES WITH ALL THIS YOU CAN GO TO TOWN AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT!

- Submitted by GHOSTFLAMES 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 6 Comments

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Give it 10 and you will make it 30

Even if you do not feel like working out, give it 10 minutes. 99.9% of the time it will lead to much more

- Submitted by GOLIONS 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 8 Comments

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Every bit counts

I'm lucky enough to work where there is a large family restroom. EVERY time I visit (no excuses!), I set a timer to 2 minutes and do some intense cardio. This is enough to get my heart rate up and boost my metabolism throughout the day. Since I drink so much water, I burn about 150 calories/day!

- Submitted by SARAWITHOUTH 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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No one EVER regrets a Workout!

There are those days when you just don't feel like working out. We all have them. It's during those moments that we have a choice--Ditch the workout, or JUST DO IT. I find that whenever I do the activity, I never ever have regrets & I always feel better! Visualization is the key.

- Submitted by SASSYSPARK37 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 14 Comments

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Exercise before a meal

Exercising before a meal such as dinner has always helped me eat less. After sweating it out, emoticon you're less likely to gorge on fattening foods. It completely takes my appetite away & gives me a great burst of energy! Try it! emoticon

- Submitted by JMEE2BFIT 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments

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burning calories while reading

If you want to burn extra calories, read a book, paper, magazine while on the treadmill. Set the incline at 5% and 2MPH and you will burn 156 calories in 30 min. You would have to walk at a 15min mile to burn the same calories

- Submitted by TIPPY211 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Commute time seems like a waste? Not anymore :-)

Everyone is short on time and long commutes do not help with this! To fit in some strength training on the freeway, I have created a series of arm movements (one at a time, of course) that I can do while driving. These involve pulsing pushing arm circles etc. Just put on some music and experiment!

- Submitted by SARAWITHOUTH 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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