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Use Your Walking Time Wisely

I walk for 30 minutes a day and when it's too hot here in Florida, I walk in the house while watching a favorite TV program. I get an upper body workout while walking by using my arms throughout the entire half hour.

- Submitted by SAMMYWRH 6/29/2015 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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7 day challange

I am on day three and have to modify my workout, I have severe osteo in my left knee area, it is bone one bone. I am severely overweight. I have lost 49 pounds to date. I was a yo-yo dieter. I surrendered and now I am being coached daily. I want to win this race so I am ready to learn and do. Looking forward to the day I look back and say I am half the man I used to be. Amen

- Submitted by KJBDOIT 6/29/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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moving around

If I sit at my home computer a lot of times I move my legs back and forth so they will get exercise.

- Submitted by GAL2202 6/28/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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You do to have 5 minutes - get up and MOVE IT!:)

At several points throughout the day, I set a timer for 5 minutes, turn on some music and run in place, do some squats, grab a set of dumbbells - just get up and MOVE. It's fun and I can really work up a sweat! Even on days when I'm not really feeling it, I can talk myself into just turning on some music and pretending like I like to exercise for 5 minutes. Before I know it, I feel better! It's really great this time of year when it's too hot to go play outside and a fantastic stress reliever, too.

- Submitted by AHQUARIAN 6/20/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Ways to add movement

My job is very sedentary, working at a desk all day. I'm consciously trying to make the effort to stand up to do as much as I can. Also, I'm parking as far away from the building as I can to get in more steps coming and going. I'm more active at home, but again, I'm making an effort to do as much as possible while standing instead of sitting.

- Submitted by OLDHOUSEGIRL 6/18/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Cleaning

I know it's kind of a dirty word... sorry for the bad pun, but I find that when I need to move I can just work on some extra cleaning project or do some chore that is not usually my responsibility.

- Submitted by PRAYMOM 6/17/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Tighten Abs While You Walk

Tighten your Abs while you walk and you will be building core strength. Physical therapist had me do this after I had fusion surgery. You can really feel the strengthening. Just tighten or suck in your belly focusing on the area near your navel while you walk. Works for me!

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- Submitted by LBTERRY1014 5/25/2011 in Exercise | 79 Comments

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Exercise: The triple-whammy

A thirty minute workout is more than a thirty minute workout!

1. You're not consuming any calories during your workout.

2. You're are burning calories during your workout.

3. You will continue to burn more calories in the hour after your workout.

- Submitted by FISHMOOMIN 10/6/2010 in Exercise | 29 Comments

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Pounds and Pressure

For every pound you lose, you take 4 lbs of pressure off from your knees!

- Submitted by MISTYSMOM06 7/11/2010 in Exercise | 63 Comments

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5 minutes

Some mornings I dread a workout. I tell myself I should get dressed and go anyway if I do five minutes it is 5 minutes more than I wanted to. Usually after 5 minutes I am committed to finishing the workout. Sometimes you have to take life 5 minutes at a time.

- Submitted by BCRAIGRNCEN 7/9/2010 in Exercise | 57 Comments
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