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Move 5 Min. Every Hour

Keeping our bodies moving throughout the day is as important as going to the gym 3 times a week, maybe more so. At the top of every hour (my watch beeps) I am reminded to go move for 5 min. (yardwork, laundry, walk dog, or wrestle kids. I am always surprised to have more energy throughout the day.

- Submitted by KENGLISH71 8/2/2010 in Exercise | 20 Comments

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Enjoy the moment and you'll go far (literally)

I find that when I go for a walk I wear a pedometer, but I don't think about steps or distance - I just walk and listen to my music. I get so wrapped up in the music that I don't realize how far I've walked til my legs started to ache.

- Submitted by KVSFOOD 5/4/2011 in Exercise | 30 Comments

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A little exercise goes a long way!

When I'm feeling sluggish and don't feel like getting a workout in, I tell myself I can squeeze in 15 minutes. Just a 15 minute walk. When I get on the treadmill, it often turns in to a 45 minute jog. The hardest step is the first.

- Submitted by SASSYP24 3/31/2010 in Exercise | 9 Comments

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Walking in the Dark

With the time change coming, walking the dark is something we all may find we have to do. To be safe, take a small, but powerful, keychain-sized flashlight with you to shine as you walk. If yu use a one on a keychain, just put the ring on your finger and let it dangle from your hand as you walk. The light brings attention to you so that drivers are aware you are there. Safe walking! emoticon

- Submitted by ROLLINGSTONEMOM 11/4/2010 in Exercise | 8 Comments

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Mix it up

I try not to do the same exercise routine every cardio day. I know I could easily get stuck in a rut, but I go jogging some days, alternate that with spinning classes, ride my bike outside, walk, and take different routes. Variety keeps things interesting.

- Submitted by SHERWOODCYCLER 7/28/2010 in Exercise | 8 Comments

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The 3 Puts to working out

Put your clothes on. Put your shoes on. and Put your hair up (applies to those who have long hair). Then start moving.

- Submitted by H2ONTHEWAY 7/17/2010 in Exercise | 23 Comments

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Ready to Walk

When I walk my boys to school, I wear my running shoes & clothes, instead of sandals. That way, I feel ready to exercise. I'll either extend my walk or dance or do yoga at home - No excuses, since I'm already dressed for it.

- Submitted by IRISH_AGUIRRE 9/19/2010 in Exercise | 21 Comments

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Be more Inefficient

I read an article on Sparkpeople about getting more exercise/movement in and one of the tips was to be more inefficient which I have really taken to heart. When I'm not in a huge rush, I will take 4 trips to the laundry room, many more steps to clean up (picking only one item up at a time), going to the fridge multiple times (not to eat more food but to prepare meals). It really adds up and keeps my body in motion. Plus I try to do little exercises while doing this - squats, calf lifts, etc

- Submitted by FORZACHANDMATT 7/24/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Double Walking Bonus

Walk with a garbage bag.

- Submitted by PATTYKLAVER 7/29/2014 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Sneaking in Exercise Every Work Hour

Unless I'm in a meeting or on a call I have my task manager alarm set to ding me once an hour - I then get up and MOVE - Could be squats, wall push ups, calf raises, marching in place or just stretching. This way by the end of the day I've added in extra bits of movement and feel great!

- Submitted by HWJW1028 7/24/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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