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Walk Instead of Wait

If you need to go to the pharmacy, ask how long it will take for it to be filled, and then take that time and go walk around the neighborhood instead of waiting. Not only do you get the exercise, but you can walk around a neighborhood you haven't seen much of! A fun way to spice up the walks!

- Submitted by MOMMYAGAIN09 8/2/2010 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Extra Steps

Look for ways to add extra steps to your day. I live in NYC and therefore don't have a car, but I choose routes that are less than direct or walk 5 blocks to take the bus home rather than a half block to the subway. If you drive, park at the furthest (safe) spot from the shop you're going to. Even a few extra steps adds up fast!

- Submitted by SAFARIBABE 1/17/2011 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Pedometers

Using a pedometer is an easy way to get exercise. I am trying to get to 10,000 steps and I have turned it into a game by challenging myself to add a mere 50 steps to the previous day's total. emoticon

- Submitted by LOSTBETH 7/21/2010 in Exercise | 40 Comments

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Another Advantage of Walking 10,000 steps

Do you want to see yourself in the top 10 Team Leaders in your teams' weekly Fitness Minutes digest? Chances are it will happen if you do 10,000 steps a day!

- Submitted by SUZYMOBILE 2/13/2011 in Exercise | 25 Comments

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Load up Your IPod!

Walking doesn't feel like exercise when I have my IPod on and I'm listening to my favorite music...it's pure pleasure! emoticon

- Submitted by LIVINGSTRONG2 6/24/2010 in Exercise | 21 Comments

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10 minutes of daily exercise...will help you shrink your size

There is no substitute for Perserverance and Consistency.
Another thing I learnt in Spark, more from people in my age group.You need to move, to improve. emoticon emoticon emoticon
I know do chair exercises, chair yoga and stretches under the watchful eyes of a trained physiotherapist. I have moved from being wheel chair bound to using a cane to walk in a matter of 6 months. Lost about 55 to 56 lbs, more because of a debilitating infection, Dengue. Now maintenance is the challenge.

- Submitted by GRANJERRY1 7/19/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Zumba

Try a Zumba class they are so much fun and the time flies by.

- Submitted by YOUNGBLOODS 3/7/2011 in Exercise | 49 Comments

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Walk/Run to the music

I cover the display on the treadmill while I'm walking/jogging and zone out to the music I'm listening. I'm not paying attention to the numbers and I tend to go farther and faster that way

- Submitted by BLUGIRL44 5/9/2010 in Exercise | 38 Comments

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Sneaking in steps

With the hot and humid summer I have a hard time getting moving. To sneak some walking into my shopping trips I make sure to walk around the perimeter of the store before I start shopping. If I have lots of errands to do those steps really add up! emoticon

- Submitted by EMILYMAKES 7/17/2014 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Squats

Do squats when emptying out washer and dryer.

- Submitted by FORZACHANDMATT 7/21/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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