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Morning Exercise

emoticon I find that getting my exercise done the first thing in the morning gets my day off to a good start. If I put it off, everything seems to be behind schedule and I am upset with myself. Being a morning person may be why this works for me.

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

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Listen to that Music!

Many times I don't feel like getting myself going for my exercise routine (especially after work) but I discovered that if I put on some Movin music that usually gets me going and before I know it...I'm exercising and I find that I actually want to. A good beat and a cool tune does it all the time!

- Submitted by 7777BEV 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Leave your COMFORT ZONE

I had goitten into a rut with exercise. I was bored and uninterested with my exercise and it was not doing as much as it was for me. I hired a trainer for 6 sessions to shake things up. She has shown me new ways to use equipment, new trends (TRX, kettle ball, etc) and encouraged me to change my

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

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I find that I need a guided program to follow and the one I hit on that works for me is "Cardio Coach". It has several levals and takes me on a journey out of myself while I exercise. emoticon

- Submitted by DAYANAND1 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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set small goals

Setting small goals to work up to each week helps me stay motivated. I recently began jogging for the first time in my life. I started off only being able to jog for 1 min before needing a few minutes of walking to recover.

- Submitted by DPEGUS 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 27 Comments

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Walking

I put my pedometer on and clean the house or go for a walk or run around the living room, trying to beat my steps each time each day. If I make it a game, then I am more motivated to succeed.

- Submitted by EEKTHECAT 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 7 Comments

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make your own circuit

I WANT to exercise for 30 minutes, but I get bored really easily. To combat this, I do 10 minutes on a treadmill, then switch to a bike and do 10 minutes there, and then switch to an elliptical and do 10 more minutes. It's much easier to keep going this way!

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Podcasts for Everything!

While you're on the elliptical or walking the dog or even making dinner, check out a new podcast! There are literally thousands of them and you're sure to find one on a topic that interests you. There are some great health and fitness podcasts out there: my favourite is Fat2Fit Radio!

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

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Add Some Randomness to Your Workout

Go random! Most treadmills, ellipticals, and other exercise machines have different programs, like Hills, Fat Burn, etc. Intervals are a fantastic way to torch calories and improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance. Try the Random program to keep your muscles guessing!

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

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Don't start where you want to finish when beginning to exercise

Unless you have been an athlete, start slowly with exericise. Even doing several short walks is better that trying to do a whole mile the first day you start. Build up to your goals.

- Submitted by TRYINGHARD1948 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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