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Free Trials: Sample It Before you Buy

Many products have free trials- anywhere from software companies, to toiletries, to food products. Always check the manufacturers website, and you will usually find free trials and coupons as well.

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Schedule it

If I put it on my calendar, it gets done. I know I am always at the gym Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri by 4:30. It is non-negotiable me time. Commit to your good health by scheduling exercise at least 4 times per week.

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Long distance workout buddy

Both my sister and I are trying to lose weight and be healthy, and being 1200 miles away, we miss each other terribly. We each bought a $200 exercise bike from Wal-Mart and wake up 30 minutes earlier every morning to get our special "sister" time while working out together on speaker phone/bluetooth

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Are you a reader?

I love books and I'm easily bored by exercise. I recently discovered that my local library allows you to download audiobooks for your iPod for free. So now, I look forward to exercising so that I can get some "reading" in!

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Foot massage

I have Fibromyalgia and have found that if I massage my feet prior to walking or biking,(or any activity for that matter) I seem to feel more energetic and can actually exercise longer and with less pain.

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Step the Stairs

I make it a point to walk up and down the set of stairs for 2 or 3 minutes at work every hour or so. At first I felt silly doing it but I figure I'm getting away from my desk for a bit and by the end of the day it's 15 minutes of exercise I normally hadn't done.

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Invest in a heart rate monitor

Buying a heart rate monitor was one of the best things I did to motivate myself to exercise. There is nothing more rewarding than reading the number of calories burned after each workout! As you get more experienced with it, it can also help you choose the correct intensity for your workout.

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Exercise In The Morning

I have found that when I exercise first thing in the morning and eat a sensible breakfast, my eating choices are better all day long are much better. I eat slower and get full faster. I also stay fuller longer.

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Accountability Partner

I'm not a morning person but I'm a stay at home mom. Sometimes I tell my 2 and a half year old that we're going walking the next morning. She always reminds me the next day. I may be able to break promises to myself but not to that sweet little face!

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tracking it on SparkPeople in the morning BEFORE I actually do it.

In the morning, while I'm eating breakfast, I track the exercises I scheduled for that day into SP. If I've already logged them, I'm obligated to do them! I would hate to waste the time, going back in and deleting exercises I didn't do that day.

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