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Change for my workout early

I change my clothes into my workout clothes BEFORE I leave work. That way there's no time to sit and think or relax...I'm ready to go.

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Treadmill

I find my best time in the morning on the treadmill while reading all the spark mail and recipes.

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Working Arms on the Exercise Bike

I love my recumbent bike and what is does for my *bottom half*, but I don't always balance it with a similar workout for my arms, so I started using a small weight and doing some bicep curls, etc., while I ride. Every little bit helps!

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Folding Laundry

After I wash & dry the laundry & it's ready to fold, I place the basket full on the floor and bend at the waist for picking up each and every piece one by one, stand up straight at the edge of the table top, place my item on the table and fold. **This is a little added bonus to my exercise!**

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Throw Punches

If I'm not feeling like doing a workout or I'm on the treadmill or the stationary Bike and can't seem to get my heart rate up, I act like a boxer and throw some punches. It always gets my HR up, it brings my focus back to the workout, and gets me back into the "I am an athlete" frame of mind.

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Facercise away that double chin

Along with strength and cardio training for my body, I've been doing daily facial exercises with the Facercise video. I've gotten rid of the double chin and jowls that had started to develop. My whole face is feeling and looking more toned. Inexpensive facelift....woo hoo!

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Go the extra

Whenever I execise I try to take it one small step further each time. Along with my pedometer I bought 2lb ankle weights and wear them both all day. I forget that I am wearing them. I wear the weights around the house, doing yardwork, grocery shopping you name it. Go the extra

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Take an Exercise "Break"

I used to think that exercising 5 days straight was the best thing I could do. However, by day 4-5 I was wiped out, and felt like my workout was really suffering. Now I work out, Mon. Tues. take a break on Wed. Work out on Thurs-Sat, break on Sunday. It gives my body time to recoup :)

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Resistance Training

Adding resistance training has definitely sped up my metabolism, and increased my weight loss...muscle burns more calories than fat!

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working out

i always think a few days in advance to see my schedule if i'm not feeling like working out...it keeps me motivated in working out in the present...

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