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Get it done earlier than later

I exercise within an hour of waking up.

- Submitted by WANAKA 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 5 Comments

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GRADUAL increases

For newbies: I set very small goals for myself in my exercising. I give myself small increments of time to meet: 15 minutes on this machine today and then add 5 or 10 minutes after that. Or, run to the mail box up the street and then the next mailbox tomorrow. emoticon

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

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Personal Trainer

I paid for several sessions with a personal trainer at the YMCA. She showed me that I was not really pushing myself hard enough and started me with an appropriate strength training prgram. Now my resting level during cardio is what I used to consider my "high" level.

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

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5 MINUTES

Tell yourself to workout for just 5 MIN.

- Submitted by NEECEEPOO 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments

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Exercising While Gaming

I have a list of at-home exercises that I know I can do. Whenever I play a video game, either at a save point (if the game has it), or at any "break" in the game, I step away from the console, choose an exercise on the list, and do a full set before I return to playing.

- Submitted by SHINAKO 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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When you don't feel like hitting the gym, is when you need it most!

Don't let your mind rob your body of a good workout. Stop making excuses on why I should skip the gym. Headache, Too tired, or I just don't feel like it. None of these excuses will make you look better in that bathing suit. So work extra hard on these days to show your body who is in charge!

- Submitted by JAES62921 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Increase the elliptical...

Increase you intensity on the elliptical by holding hand weights and pumping and punching your arms as you go. Your arms will thank you!

- Submitted by MGJARVI 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Changing things up

Every week I try a different fitness DVD from Netflix and add it into my standard workout just to keep things a little more interesting.

- Submitted by STEPHWALKER13 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Personal Trainer

I know, I know!! Personal trainers are expensive. I am fortunate enough to be able to fit the cost into my budget even though it is difficult. But I honestly believe that if it were not for Rachel, I would probably not have learned to love exercise. I look forward to our time together.
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- Submitted by AUNTYEMM 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Have a partner!

If you have someone that is counting on you to be there...you are less likely to make an excuse to not exercise!
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- Submitted by LOSINWEIGHTJEN 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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