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EVERY MINUTE COUNTS!!

I'm learning that ALL activity is/can be exercise! You don't just have to go to the gym for 90 minutes to get fit! I play my Wii, take short walks at lunch, whip out the stretch band for a quick toning during commercials. This makes it fun and easy. 5, 10, or 90 minutes, it still counts!!

- Submitted by MISSMEL10 5/19/2010 in Exercise | 11 Comments

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Commit in Advance

I find that if I decide the night before how and when I'm going to get my exercise the following day, I'm much more likely to do it. Every evening I decide whether I'll go to a class at the gym or go for a long walk or if it will be a day off. That way, it's already in my head when I wake up!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 8 Comments

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Find ways to take more steps

I park in the farthest parking spot from the building in which I work; use a restroom on a different floor; take the stairs instead of the elevator; take a longer way to get the copy machine. Little things, but when you sit all day every extra step counts!

- Submitted by KATHERYNEM 1/3/2011 in Exercise | 6 Comments

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Sneaking in a few extras

When I am waiting to heat something in the microwave or waiting for a printout at work, I will get in a set or two of simple strength exercises: wall push ups, squats, lunges, etc.

- Submitted by BENDIEB 3/14/2011 in Exercise | 7 Comments

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Just Do Something!

Everyone has those days where they just don't feel like working out -- and we all can come up with a list of reasons why we should skip the days workout. Instead of talking yourself out of it, just do something. Even if it's just a walk around the block!

- Submitted by SP_TMETZNER 3/24/2010 in Exercise | 64 Comments

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Microwave and exercise

Sometimes when I put something into the microwave I use the time before it is done to do a short burst of exercise. Jumping jacks, steping up and down on the stairs, kitchen counter push-ups.....whatever. When the bell rings the food is done and I have fit a little more exercise into my day!

- Submitted by GLYNN1 4/6/2010 in Exercise | 54 Comments

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Make it apart of your everyday life.

I am learning to make exercise a normal part of my day, the same as taking a bath, brushing my teeth, and eating dinner. It shouldn't be something that you pencil into your day, just so you can have the option to erase it later.

- Submitted by CHRIS-FIT4LIFE 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 27 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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Stepping up on "Steps"

I like to get caught up on recorded TV shows, but they absorb so much time. When no one is home, I play them, and "STEP" around the living room in large circles with my pedometer in my pocket. It's easy to get 10,000+ steps in per day this way.

- Submitted by NYINME 12/15/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Keep Moving

I keep moving throughout the day. Work requires that I stand and when I don't have guests I use the time to do Qi Gong exercises:moving my hands, wrists, fingers, stretching wrists to avoid carpel tunnel,shifting weight from one foot to the other, doing small stretches. I move discreetly stretching calves and getting up on my tiptoes. With live bands in our workplace it's not uncommon to see the employees moving to the music.I keep moving every part of my body that I can. emoticon

- Submitted by ARMOMMI2 12/14/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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