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Of all of the tips I learned while losing weight, drinking my water at room temp was the most life-changing for me! I had been sipping my cold water all day until I discovered (learned from a seasoned dieter) that if I drink my water at room temp I could gulp it down in seconds. 2 litres of water has been a minimum of water intake for me since then...for the last 2 years...and it is EASY.
In 2013 I decided to commit to 100 hikes/ walks ( that doesn't include treadmill time ) for a yearly goal in 2014 ...so far its going great ...in fact I'm thinking of challenging myself to 100 days of doing something new or different like learning to play tennis , kickboxing , or eating fruit etc ...I'm going for 100 day streak :) whatever that may be
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.
Every little bit of exercise helps right? I do ankle circles, scissor legs and walking place while I do Spark People on the computer. Sitting on the edge of your chair and doing the reps strengthens your core. I feel as though I accomplish more toward fitness.
Focus on your cheek muscles - just above the jaw. Now contract them so that they pull back and upward toward the ears. Contract hard enough so that your lips part slightly and your teeth show. Outstanding. Keep that up.
When I just can't fit my work-out in, and see the day slipping away, if I stop and do one of the 10 minute SP videos I find that it is highly likely I will find a way to fit in 10, 20 or 30 minutes more before the day ends.
I bought a pedometer and found that my average number of steps on a workday was 450. What the “average” person should walk is 10,000 steps a day. My advice: Buy a Pedometer to find out where you really are on your "walking for exercise" routine.
Today in SparkCoach I had to think of how to add some extra movement in today. While at work I found Coach Nicole stretches at your desk video, which helped with stretches and also for every 20 min. I am sitting, I try to get up and stand or walk back and forth for about 2 min. As sometimes I can't leave the front desk. If there is something I can do standing up, I'll do it.