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Don't Give Up!

I lost over 30 lbs in about a year, and my biggest revelation was that you CAN change your body drastically if you really want to. It's not just an infomercial gimmick! LOL
So my advice is DON'T BE DISCOURAGED if you don't get instant results ... and before you know it, you'll be noticing little things (jeans are too big, you don't get winded as quickly) that will re-inspire you and keep you going!

- Submitted by BECCAANN09 1/18/2011 in Exercise | 22 Comments

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Extend your life

Did you know that for every one hour of exercise you do, you extend your expected lifespan by 2 hours? It is like putting extra time in a savings account! For every 12 hours, you add a full day! So get moving!

- Submitted by RUTHIEBEAR 7/9/2010 in Exercise | 11 Comments

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When I'm Just Too Tired to Exercise

When I think I'm just too tired to exercise, I commit to do 10 minutes of light exercise. If I'm tired after 10 minutes, I'm allowed to quit. But 95%+ percent of the time I feel better after 10 minutes and go on to get a good workout.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 22 Comments

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Just Play!

Every day does not have to be a full workout. Nor does it have to be a "keep track" of calories, steps, miles, etc. Just go out and play. Feel the air in your lungs. Marvel that you're breathing better. Bend and stretch. Reach for that frisbee or foot-, basket-, or soccer ball!). Be grateful that it didn't hurt!

JUST PLAY!

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- Submitted by LALAFITZ 10/2/2010 in Exercise | 30 Comments

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Keep your eye on the prize!

Whenever I think about skipping my daily walk or a day at the gym, I just remember why I'm doing this: my health! And, as I see results, no matter how small or trivial they may seem, it motivates me to keep going. The end result of this lifestyle change is getting my health, and my life, back!

- Submitted by BONSAI_LVR 2/14/2011 in Exercise | 23 Comments

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Use Your Own Pace & Instincts

On a site like this, with so many running and doing lots of exercises, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement. However, it can lead to a let-down if it is not your own program. Work at your own pace and style. Do not worry about what everyone else is doing.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 6/18/2010 in Exercise | 23 Comments

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Find the Optimal Time For Your Fitness Minutes

Identify your worst 'snack time' and use it for Fitness Minutes instead

- Submitted by BESTSUSIEYET 8/10/2010 in Exercise | 11 Comments

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Always show up- you'll feel so much better

They say "you're only one workout away from a good mood"-SO TRUE!.
I've never regretted working out- doesn't have to be a sweaty session- a short walk, a short core workoutif pushed for time.
I have however regretted NOT working out & not woken properly that day, or I've kept a headache longer.

I'm not saying go hell for leather every day- just get SOME EXERCISE IN and reap the benefits long term

Eat Healthily
Move More
Sleep Better................be well
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- Submitted by NEW-CAZ 8/15/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Have fun

I like exercising best when I am having fun- playing basketball, playing in the surf, running around after or with the kids.

- Submitted by MBPP50 8/18/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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secret is cleaning . . .

If there's a rainy Saturday or a spare evening, I'll set the timer for 20 minutes, turn on music or news, go into a room and clean what needs to be done. When the timer is done, I reset it, go to another location and repeat. Then repeat. After three or four units, some of which are vigorous, some not, I take a twenty minute tea and snack break, then go again. In three hours the house is clean, I feel great and I've moved nonstop for a big chunk of time. It works!

- Submitted by KVEBLEN 8/18/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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