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Exercise In Frequent Short Intervals

I always felt I had to go to a gym and exercise continuously for an hour to get results, and usually ended up doing nothing. Now I exercise in shorter frequent intervals, and find I do more.

- Submitted by AMIMITO3 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 25 Comments

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Weights before Cardio

I got this tip from Self magazine: if you do weight training and cardio on the same day, doing weights a half hour before cardio burns 10 percent more fat. The reverse (cardio then weights) doesn't work.

- Submitted by SNLEWIS49 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 41 Comments

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Influence of Jillian

I imagine Jillian from BL standing over me screaming while I'm on the treadmill.

- Submitted by CSHELL75 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Audio Books!

I have discovered Audio Books on my MP3 player while I exercise. I love mysteries and thriller!!
Time flies by when you are listening and wondering what will happen next!!

- Submitted by NEELOJ 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 6 Comments

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Try to Work Out at the Same Time Each Day

Working out at the same time each day (whether morning, afternoon or evening) helps make exercise part of your daily routine, and just becomes 'something I do at this time' rather than something you need to get specifically motivated for.

- Submitted by MOTIVATED@LAST 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 34 Comments

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Active Couch Potato!

I keep a jump rope & a weighted hula hoop beside my couch. While watching TV I jump 50 to 100 reps ea. way & hoop for 60 sec. ea. way. I set a goal to complete this combination 3-5 times every 10-15 min. I feel refreshed and amazed at the number of calories I've burned by the end of a show!

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

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Jusst do it

If you just do it - you feel much beter

- Submitted by JETTER4 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Ankle weights

I wear them on the treadmill and just around the house doing housework, and use the heavy hands about half the time on the treadmill. Burn baby burn! Also, if you can't go fast you can still go "up", increase that incline and increase your calorie burn.

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

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10K Steps Before Bed

I wear a pedometer everyday and no matter what I don't go to bed until I've reached 10K steps. I check at dinner time and most often I have 3k to go so we walk the dog or I use my Wii fit board to do steps while watching TV. Having this goal keeps me active & positively impacts the whole family.

- Submitted by KAIDA72 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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When I'm Just Too Tired to Exercise

When I think I'm just too tired to exercise, I commit to do 10 minutes of light exercise. If I'm tired after 10 minutes, I'm allowed to quit. But 95%+ percent of the time I feel better after 10 minutes and go on to get a good workout.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 22 Comments
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