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Allow yourself to spontaneously workout!

While it is great to have a pre-scheduled workout plan I have surprised myself at times with squeezing in a good cardio and stretching session out of the blue! I keep my Zumba dvd in the XBox 360 so it's available anytime the TV is! I do this even in my pajamas! That's the benefit of working out at home! emoticon

- Submitted by CJSHIRLEY99999 12/30/2010 in Exercise | 46 Comments
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Holiday Baking with Exercise

To keep from eating while doing my holiday baking I jump on my elliptical or stationary bike and get 10 -15 minutes of exercise in while the cookies are in the oven.

- Submitted by JMGLEN62 12/3/2010 in Exercise | 25 Comments
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Consistency

Just remember, 15 minutes three times a week is a small commitment to honor in order to stay healthier and live a better longer life

- Submitted by ITEKI11 1/5/2011 in Exercise | 13 Comments
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Pistachios

Only 28 Pistachios help dieters & diabetics!!!!!!
There is a unsaturated kind of fat found in pistachios, pistachios offer lots of hunger-curbing protein and fiber which helps dieters loss more weight and diabetics to stabilize blood sugar if they eat 28 pistachios after a meal.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 3/8/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 9 Comments
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You Can Always Go Back and Add Fitness Minutes

Too busy enjoying the outdoor or getting that yard work done to do Sparks? You can always go back and track your fitness minutes later. You don't have to add it on the day you actually do it. Just click on the calendar beside it, and choose the appropriate day or use the back arrow.

- Submitted by MOMFAN 6/14/2010 in Exercise | 31 Comments
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Walk and Talk

When I have phone calls to return, or want to call a friend I need to get back in touch with, I head outside with my cell phone and walk around the track at my local high school. I can measure it by time and distance too so I can enter it in my fitness tracker. Another huge benefit is that it is nice to catch up with an old friend that you "haven't had the time" to call and chat with! emoticon

- Submitted by JOL2367 2/10/2011 in Exercise | 39 Comments
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Personal Dance Party!!

I used to do this a lot when I lived alone, and I have found a few others who also do it. If you're feeling stressed or depressed, collect some favorite songs or CDs, close the door, and have your own private dance party. You can blast the music through a stereo, or put on your headphones, and just move around. Even 15 minutes of this will raise your heart rate and your spirits. It's free, and it's all about what you enjoy and connect to. And remember: nobody's watching!!

- Submitted by RASPBERRYBERET 5/26/2011 in Exercise | 65 Comments
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exercise

When it feels hard my secret is to breathe.
I breathe out all the tension, bad vibes, negativity.
I breathe in positive energy, power, and fresh air!
It is almost as if I am meditating and exercising with breathing! emoticon

- Submitted by APRILSHOWER555 7/23/2010 in Exercise | 28 Comments
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Walking tours

I discovered a self-walking tour book at the library for areas within driving distances from where I live. By spending my weekends on these tours, it makes exercising fun as I follow the history and paths of these tours.

- Submitted by BYEPOUNDS 4/26/2010 in Exercise | 50 Comments
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Just 10 minutes

Sometimes we just don't feel like working out. So just commit to 10 minutes. You'll find that before the 10 minutes is up, your endorphins are pumping, your feeling good and you'll **WANT** to finish a good workout!

- Submitted by JENNELKA 8/23/2010 in Exercise | 37 Comments
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