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Find new challenges

Find new things to keep exercise interesting, for example learning to jog. Now that I have learned to jog I am training for a marathon. Far more rewarding and I push myself harder than just having a goal of jog everyday.

- Submitted by LORENVER 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Exercise through out the day

I try to get in extra exercising through out the day. I may do counterr top push-ups, or seated knee lifts. I keep 5 pd weights by the computer and do bicep curls or shlder shrugs. I wear a pedometer and I march in place in check out lines or during commericlas. it all adds up at the end of the day.

- Submitted by MBSKIT 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 5 Comments

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Get Up & Do It!

When I'm tired and don't feel like working out I tell myself just get up and do it. I start off walking on my treadmill and after 10 mins. or so I feel so much better and continue on for 30-40 mins!
When I get done I'm not tired anymore!

- Submitted by LAURAWILLBEFIT 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Try a treadmill desk!

I walk on a treadmill with a desk over it while I work all day. I get in an extra 6 - 10 miles depending on the day, burning between 600 and 1000 calories! emoticon

- Submitted by LKEITHO 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 11 Comments

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Gym Location

Simple secret - Gym Location! I found a gym that is between my work & my house. It is very easy to workout after work when it's on your way home. And, you feel a bit guilty driving by if you're not stopping to work out.

- Submitted by LILFLGIRL 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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get a buddy

don't start the venture alone. things are always easier in a group. it's way easier to keep the motivation when there's accountability.

- Submitted by BLUTWNTY1 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Just do it.

Even if you don't feel like getting off the couch, just go outside and walk for 10 minutes. Chances are, you'll discover it's pretty nice, and move for longer.

- Submitted by BUSYMOM22 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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A GOOD Exercise Trick

If I have a day when I do not feel like exercising, I tell myself that if I still feel that way 10 minutes into exercising, I can stop. By the time 10 minutes hits, the endorphins have kicked in and I'm feeling good. I can think of only ONE time that I actually stopped at 10 minutes.

- Submitted by SLASALLE 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Don't Wait for Motivation

So many people say they are just not motivated to exercise. Don't wait - just make an appointment like you would for the dentist or doctor or to do your taxes. Motivation comes as a reward along with increased energy , and a feeling of accomplishent and well-being. emoticon

- Submitted by ASPENJULES 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Make a pact with your exercise equiptment

As weird as this sounds it works for me. I PROMISED my treadmill and elliptical (and myself of course), that "if" I got on it I would stay on for my pre determined amount of time. Meaning, if I actually enter the room and get on the treadmill with my expectation of doing 30 minutes, I will.

- Submitted by STYLGRL 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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