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Drink Tea

Whenever I feel like snacking, I make myself a cup of herbal tea and drink it. If I'm still hungry after drinking the tea, I know I'm legitimately hungry and will have a snack. But more often than not, having something hot and thinking about what I'm doing will stop me from snacking.

- Submitted by PIXIEDUST22 3/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments

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Plan your workouts

Use the Workouts function of the Fitness tracker to develop various workouts. Add the one I want to do at the beginning of the day and spread out the exercises into your day. I like to sneak in a set everytime I go to the ladies' room.

- Submitted by CATHWREN 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Do it in the morning

Become an AM exerciser and your more likely to stick with it. Numerous articles here on spark with agree, those who workout in the am stay with it.. Why? Its done and over with. You don't have the whole day to come up with reasons not to.

- Submitted by ALICOTTER 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Keeps Mind Wondering

Listening to music keeps your mind wondering from the Treadmill, elliptical, or whatever you're on... It keeps you busy so you're not focusing on the time, calories burned, distance or dreading the countdown! This is what keeps me in the gym!

- Submitted by SJPERRY19851 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Rely on yourself

Having a workout buddy can be fun and useful, but there will come a day when they are unavailable. Don't count on them to drag your butt to the workouts; rely on yourself.

- Submitted by TAREN584 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Stay in Step

Staying on the treadmill at a moderate pace for any amount of time is sometimes tough, but keeping in step with your favorite dance tracks (think techno & club) and concentrating on the beat rather than your walking makes it fun and easy!

- Submitted by ARTGIRLJENN 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Make it part of your day

I have found that I need to add exercise right into my everyday routine. I drop my 3 youngest children off to school at 8:30 and then head right to the gym, before I had a gym membership I walked around the school a few times. If I was to go home I would never go back out to go to the gym.

- Submitted by MICHEVELYN 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Make an Appointment...

Make an appointment with yourself (actually put it on your planner) and schedule your workout time daily. This keeps you accountable and lets you say no to other engagements because you already have an appointment! It is the most important appointment you can keep for your health.

- Submitted by SHARONGD 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Favorite show workout

When I am really having a hard time getting motivated to workout, I DVR one of my favorite shows or pop in my favorite movie and then pull the treadmill out in front of the tv. I am more likely to workout longer because I'm not thinking about walking I am thinking about my favorite show!!!

- Submitted by HMPARTRIDGE 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Wake-up workout

When your eyes open, sit up slowly without using your hands. With legs straight out, lean forward until you feel a gentle stretch in your back and hamstrings. Hold; then, using your abs, lower yourself flat. Rest and repeat two more times. Strengthens core. Burns 10 calories

- Submitted by LINDA6105 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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