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Gulp, Gulp - Getting 8 Glasses of Water a Day!

At first, drinking 8 glasses of water might seem to be a daunting task. I've found that by adding a few drops of lime or lemon juice, I enjoy drinking my water! Also, if you use 32 oz water bottles, you drink two a day and you've met your 8 glasses!

- Submitted by VTCRICKET84 3/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments

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listen to audio books

I like to keep my brain busy when I exercise, and music just isn't enough of a distraction. I listen to audio books on my ipod instead!

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

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sneak in some strength training

. I don't like taking a lot of time at once to do strength exercises, so I do it a little bit at a time during the day. Every time I go to the bathroom at work I do 15 wall push ups. Every time I wake up the stairs I do 15 calf raises

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

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sleep in your gym clothes

When I have trouble getting up in the morning to exercise, I will sleep in my gym clothes the night before. One less step between waking up and working out!

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

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Don't be afraid to mix it up!

Whenever I notice that it's hard for me to motivate myself enough to stick to my exercise routine, I find that it's usually due to boredom. Never be afraid of swapping out one for of exercise for another... it beats doing nothing at all.

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

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Combine Cardio and Strength in one session

I combine the cardio with strength throughout the workout. I wear a weighted vest while doing my LS DVD's In addition, I use dumb bells for a portion of the workout & also have a booster system, which allows me to use resistance tubing for upper and lower body resistance.

- Submitted by PRI6909 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Consistency

Building up a good solid exercise base is key. You can lose weight with a diet, but getting your body moving is the biggest secret of all! And the more you move, the more weight you'll lose, the better you'll feel and the more sure of your success you will be!

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

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Join a class

Trying new classes at my gym keeps me going. I get to know the people in them and we have fun while burning those calories. I also get to try new things I may not have heard of or new. The trainers explain what we are working out and how it benefits me.

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

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Housework

I have to do housework anyway but by wearing my heart rate monitor and focusing on doing it as exercise I enjoy it more, get it done faster, and get my heart pumping in the process! emoticon

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

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Stretching

Every morning I do some stretching to help warm up my muscles and get me going.

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