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Stretch In Bed In The Winter

Notice you are pretty warm when you wake up? Well, you could go ahead and do some simple stretches while you are still in bed, and under the covers. I like to stretch my hip muscles this way, because my house is not as warm as I would like.
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- Submitted by HANNAH_CALM 12/1/2010 in Exercise | 27 Comments

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plan to go everyday

my daughter told me to plan to workout everyday not just 3 or 4 days a week. if it is a part of your DAILY routine it is easier to stick to it than if you go 3 or 4 days. now i go 6 days a week and if i miss a day once in a great while..no biggie!!

- Submitted by SWEETIEHEAD 4/25/2011 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Exercise through commercials

Instead of sitting on the couch and watching those commercials during your favorite TV show, get up and exercise instead. It's a good time to do leg lifts, walk or run in place, lift weights, etc. If nothing else, just get moving. Even folding laundry can count. You do lots of bending over just taking it out of the dryer. With today's TV shows, sometimes the commercials take more time than the show itself. That's lots of exercise and at least you are not tempted by the food ones. emoticon

- Submitted by DDPLADY 2/26/2011 in Exercise | 45 Comments

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10 minutes

I know this is not new, but it truly works. I was not feeling good this week and still wanted to get my exercise in. I tried to do it in 10 minute increments. I did the elliptical, treadmill, bike for 10 minutes at a time and by the end of the day I had 2 hours in!

- Submitted by ANGIEBILL 10/30/2010 in Exercise | 24 Comments

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Start the day

Best way to start the day is with a quick 5-30 minute walk. Gets the juices going. emoticon

- Submitted by FLMOMX2 1/2/2011 in Exercise | 26 Comments

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Early runs

I find that when I do my exercise early in the morning, it leaves me with energy for the day, and more time to spend with my kids in the evening.

- Submitted by SPARKINGMYLIFE 7/14/2010 in Exercise | 22 Comments

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Early morning Workout

Working out early in the morning, gets it out of the way, and you won't have an excuse later on to not do it.

- Submitted by MITECU 7/19/2010 in Exercise | 22 Comments

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Pomadoro- slicing the tomato!

I work at home, sitting in front of a computer.
One technique for better work quality is the 'pomadoro' where you set a timer and work either for 25 minutes then take a 5 minute break, or work for 50 minutes and take and take a 10 minute break. Use the breaks for exercise, get up, move, stairs, back yard, getting a drink. Just MOVE!
The pomadoro, working in slices, improves work output and can program in activity to an otherwise sedentary day. So SLICE and MOVE. emoticon

- Submitted by LA-BRIT 10/17/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Accountability

Plan for your exercise ahead of time. Make it a priority, an appointment you have with yourself. Treat yourself like you would others -- don't break your appointments unless it's completely unavoidable. Print out your exercise schedule so you always know what you have planned for yourself.

- Submitted by RUNNER_TIFF_07 10/11/2010 in Exercise | 16 Comments

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Cleaning Dance

I love to listen to music while I clean or fold laundry. Most of the time is is easy to just start dancing while I work. The dog sometimes thinks I am weird though. emoticon

- Submitted by JULIEJOEL 10/18/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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