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DESK PEOPLE -- Get up and Move - Once Every Hour!!!!

The title says it! Your metabolism will thank you!!

- Submitted by HUMLADY1 12/7/2010 in Exercise | 15 Comments

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Keeping Moving

At one time I really use to hate housework, but now that I have "The Spark" I just use housecleaning as a way to get my exercise in. I just pop in my favorite CD and I just clean and dance. You REALLY burn calories, get your housework done, and have tons of fun!

- Submitted by READY2LOSE37 10/23/2010 in Exercise | 14 Comments

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Dress for Success

Wear your 'best' exercise clothes, regardless of where you exercise. If you have only one good outfit wash it more often if needed. Get rid of the old ripped faded baggy clothes and wear something that feels and look goods and makes you feel like an athlete.

- Submitted by KALISWALKER 8/12/2010 in Exercise | 46 Comments

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Extra Effort

I try to keep moving! Even if it's only walking to the grocery store from a parking space far away from the door or making an extra trip upstairs to gather the laundry. I go out of my way to add a few extra steps to every activity.

- Submitted by ZOTISLH 9/11/2010 in Exercise | 21 Comments

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Don't Think About It, Just Do It

It helps me to get started walking if I just put on some tennis shoes, wear whatever I have on, open the door and start walking down the street. Walk just 10 minutes from my house and by the time I get back, I've walked 20 minutes. emoticon

- Submitted by KITKAT9782 6/14/2010 in Exercise | 35 Comments

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Sleep in your work out clothes

I try to workout when I first wake up so if I sleep in my shorts and tee shirt then I'm almost dressed and ready to go as soon as my feet hit the floor. It also helps if I have breakfast laid out, so I just have to flip a switch and slice a banana.

- Submitted by SEADAME 11/2/2010 in Exercise | 39 Comments

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Forget the elevator

This is really a no-brainer, but If you have to go to another floor just take the stairs! I work in a 3 story building and never use the elevator. Running up 3 flights uses up more calories than pushing that button. emoticon

- Submitted by SMITHMTDEB 9/23/2010 in Exercise | 22 Comments

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Workplace

Never take the elevator. Always use the stairs several times each day

- Submitted by SIOBANGMOM 8/26/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Park as far away as possible!

I am a regular weight lifter/gym goer, but I still do the classic "park as far away from the business as possible". And I try to walk places that aren't unreasonable far apart. Really adds up on my step tracker!

- Submitted by NANCYANNE55 8/20/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Hang laundry on clothesline

I love hanging laundry on clothesline for a couple of reasons...the money savings for not using a dryer (of course), but the smell of fresh clothes from the line is awesome and invigorating. My line is around the corner and across the driveway, plus I leave my basket at the one end and walk back and forth as I hang them. I have twelve 20-foot lines and usually do 5 to 6 loads a week. Then when dry I fold them and put them in the basket the same way, walking to the other end.

- Submitted by JAMBA7345 8/28/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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