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even when I don't feel like it

I find that if I start to exercise, even if I don't feel like it...It only takes a few minutes to start feeling better.

- Submitted by 130GRETL 4/8/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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When In Doubt...

Do squats or planks! I started out hating planks, but they make me feel so much stronger if I do them consistently. I like to do both while watching tv and squats are great when you're doing something idle with your hands while standing (cough, dishes, cough)...

- Submitted by PAINSNGAINS618 3/11/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Sneaking it in

I like to do calf raises and leg raises while i'm typing emails at my desk. It helps to keep me warm in a cold office too!

- Submitted by K-RAE82 2/4/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Secret of moving

Walk over to my office printer each time I make a copy.

- Submitted by SUSANFORSYTH 1/19/2015 in Exercise | 0 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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Walk / Jog in Place during the Day

I work from home, so I have to be sitting at least 8 hours a day in front of the computer. I have found several short songs with a very quick beat that work well when I have a moment to hope up and walk, sidesteps, or jog in place. I turn and look out the window or door to refocus my eyes. I sit back down feeling refreshed.

- Submitted by TWILAQ1 10/12/2014 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Use a virtual treadmill app and listen to Pandora

I found a couple great apps for ipad that show great trails for running or biking or hiking as you work on the treadmill or stationary bike. And while I'm "running on the trail" I can listen to all my favorite music on Pandora. I want to get in my exercise!

- Submitted by ANNIEL617 1/4/2013 in Exercise | 4 Comments

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How to Make Sure You're Really Hip-Width Apart

Many people have the problem of standing a bit too wide when asked to stand with their feet hip-width apart. A FitSugar blog post explains how to find this stance naturally:

March slowly in place, stop, and then casually kick up your left leg and allow it to fall back to the ground naturally. This motion results in a stance that is almost always hip-width apart!

- Submitted by SARAHMAC1978 6/7/2011 in Exercise | 36 Comments

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Adding on an Errand

I've started adding an "errand" I can walk to onto my trips to the gym -- for example, on the way there I'll walk to the cash machine, or on the way home I'll walk to the drugstore to pick up a prescription. It's a great way to do a little bit more warm up or cool-down...and even on days when I don't have time to go to the gym, if I can get in a walking errand, at least I can count that as a little bit of cardio! emoticon

- Submitted by PUFFPASTRY 10/12/2010 in Exercise | 13 Comments

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silver sneakers

Joining silver sneakers exercise classes at the Y has helped me stay on track with my exercise. I've made many new friends there.

- Submitted by TEDDIE44 6/3/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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