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Shower

While I am waiting for the hair conditioner to work its magic, I use that time to do waist twists with arm punches in the shower. I plant my feet solidly on the shower floor and twist back and forth while doing forward arm punches toward the shower spray. It gives me 2 minutes of strength training and core work, plus I use that 2 minutes wisely!

- Submitted by MARMAERT 5/20/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Desk Sitting

Recently I set a Task on my computer using the Task Scheduler to pop up a reminder every 35 minutes to get up and take a break. Move around. Stretch. It helps me move around a little bit more in the office.

- Submitted by ELLSCRY 4/29/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Room-temp water

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.

- Submitted by JUDYFRANCE 3/7/2011 in Healthy Eating | 9 Comments
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give it 100

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

- Submitted by DELIA38961 1/21/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Drinking a glass of water before every meal

This helps me stay full. I do not over eat emoticon

- Submitted by NAUTICALAKES232 7/5/2011 in Healthy Eating | 9 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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Multi Tasking while Sparking

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.

- Submitted by LAMARY9 6/12/2011 in Exercise | 19 Comments
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A Brand New Exercise - Highly Effective !!!

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.

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(Courtesy of J. Hussmann)

- Submitted by GUTELAUNE 4/5/2011 in Exercise | 81 Comments
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exercise begets exercise!

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.
Starting with 10 minutes reminds my body how easy it is and how much better I feel... so the additional exercise is very easy!
If nothing else, at least I got that 10 minutes in!!

- Submitted by HEALTHYSLIM2 11/15/2013 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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What I Learned About Walking

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.

- Submitted by SLSINAZ 7/20/2010 in Exercise | 20 Comments
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