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Doing the things you love to lose weight

I liked playing field hockey and lacrosse in high school, and since I still have my equipment, it's easy to add 5-15 minutes of playing the sport to the end of my work out time for something fun and a little added calorie burning!

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Get Your Motor Running!

Every morning, whether I will be going to the gym or not, I spend 5 to 10 minutes doing a few exercises before I jump in the shower. Not things I track, but some days a couple of hundred arm circles, or maybe some lunges or marching in place... Just enough to rev up my body for the day.

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Getting in little extras

When I go shopping I park way out in the parking lot instead of driving around and around trying to find the closest spot. That way I get in extra walking. Also, when at all possible, I carry my bags to the car instead of using a buggy.

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Water Exercise

I have found that water exercise really is toning my body and losing more inches than ever before. I have never seen these results at the gym.

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Increase your steps daily

I started out with 500 steps because of severe arthritis but I have increased my steps daily! Just do 100 more steps daily to make your goal!

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When your sore the next day

When you lift or do hours of cardio and your body says "UM I've had enough" the next day. You know the feeling, muscles that are so sore lifting a pencil hurts.....I lift the following day.

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Squats during work

I work at a bank and sit most of the day. I drink water all day long and have to use the restroom probably 5 to 6 times a day. I do 15 squats each and every time I go. It helps break the monotony of the day and I can see and feel the difference in my legs!

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I Just Want a Hula Hoop

On the days when you're too busy/tired/stressed to get in a full workout, spin a hula hoop for 10 minutes! It's fun, works the whole core, and you feel silly enough that the stress and fatigue melt away.

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exercise during `commercials

No time to exercise? The average commercial is 2+ min long on TV. Instead of heading for the fridge, exercise. Do squats, pushups, wall pushups, jumping jacks etc
On the computer. do these exercises or similar every 15 min

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Change it up

If you don't vary your routine, you will platau. But most importantly you will become BORED!!! Change it up, variety is the spice of a healthy lifestyle!!!

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