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52 Hike Challenge

I've found that having challenges with clear, concrete goals helps me to stay motivated on my fitness journey. For anyone who is interested in getting outdoors, getting fit, and working towards a goal... let me introduce to you the 52 Hike Challenge.

The 52 Hike Challenge is a challenge to do...

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Starting the day with exercise

This is my plug for starting the day with exercise. The caveat is that any exercise, done at whatever time is most convenient to you is by FAR more beneficial than no exercise at all. That said, here goes.
When I wake in the morning, I look forward to the exercise I planned for the day because ...

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Make exercise a priority!

I realized that if I don't work out first thing in the morning, it's not gonna happen. So, I get up at 4:30 each weekday morning before work. It is not easy, but it has been working (3 weeks so far) and I am working out for 45 minutes each time.

Planning is key for me. I have a recurring ala...

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It's 6 years later...

... and I'm down 33 lbs. and within 9 lbs. of my goal. It's been an up and down journey, but I'm still here and determined to reach goal this year.

The biggest thing I've learned is that unless I exercise regularly, I will not keep off the weight. I have free weights, a medicine ball, kett...

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Video Games and Exercise

If you really would rather spend an hour playing video games than following an exercise video:

Practice leg exercises and crunches.

I spend my game time working legs, glutes, and abs by doing:

- squats
- lunges (lateral, forward, backward, every once in a while, stay in lun...

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Swimming is my JAM!

Swimming helps me exercise without hurting my joints. I have arthritis and swimming is the best. I particularly like deep water aquacize as you do not touch the bottom and it is non-weight bearing exercise. I also like the feeling that your stress just floats away in the water! I also like the e...

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Having a dog really pays off

Every morning my dog and I go for a walk. If I don't take her she will whine until I do. The whining is annoying so I take her in the snow, rain, fog, anything. If she doesn't want to go I still make myself go because I feel like I can take on the day.

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Workout in the morning

Get up an hour early and get moving. You can go to the gym or go for a run...whatever suits you. Try to prep anything you need the night before (pack your gym bag, organize the clothes you're wearing the following day, put out a quick morning snack).

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