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Exercise doing something you love to do.

If you don't you will have a hard time to keep going.

I love line dancing, water aerobics, gym.

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Doing Sit-Ups (Crunches) Will Save Your Back!

Not only will abdominal exercises strengthen your bones and the muscles of the back, but they'll also strengthen your entire midsection - which takes weight and pressure off your back. So add crunches to your routine as well as leg lifts and bent-over back rows. (You: The Owner's Manual)

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Feel the Pain!

After working out and I don't feel any stiffness or pain the next morning, I feel like maybe I didn't push myself hard enough, so it gets me wanting to take it to the next level next time I go to the gym.

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Take the Stairs

Take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator

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Use the FREE Sparkpeople fitness videos

These are great and available right here! No special equipment needed for many of them.

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ONE Strength Training set before checking any email

For portion control of computer time and to be sure that i get my ST in, I only allow myself to check email or Spark after doing a minimum of one full set of ST.
Guess what? It's really adding up!!! Getting stronger here!

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Exercise anytime

Getting in a little extra - while heating up my lunch at work, I'll do leg abductions or adductions; when brushing my teeth, same thing. Also, I sit at a desk, so butt crunches, stand and do push ups off my desk, anything to keep the blood flowing and get that little extra in.

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Early Workout

I try to work out firstthing when I wake up. I eat a piece of fruit to keep my sugar up and then head to the gym. I read that this helps because you are burning more fat and not something that you ate earlier in the day

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Packing Exercise into a BUSY Day!

When my schedule gets so packed that I can't stop for a minute, I find that I can get in a good twenty to thirty minutes of fitness while dinner is cooking. Coarsely chop some potatoes and assorted veggies and pop in the oven to roast for a nutritious tasty meal when you're finished working out.

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Walk when you can

I try to burn extra calories every chance I can get. If i need to go to the bank or post office I'll walk instead of driving. Also try parking futher away when I shop. It saves the car from getting dinged and adds some more activity to my day!

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