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Exercise is important - but so is recovery. Reward your body with a break after a couple of days of intense work outs. Your muscles could use the recovery time and it will help your overall fitness and weight loss efforts.
Find exercises you like to do. Read the articles on the Spark web site (especially about motivation). Max out your spark points. Write a blog. Talk to you Spark Friends. Make this an adventure, make it fun!
It's important to read as many of the Spark articles on nutrition as you can. It will destroy many of the misunderstandings that you might have about food and it's role in losing and maintaining weight.
Our health club has a very nice sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi facility (for both men and women, and also a very large public jacuzzi). I really, really like the large jacuzzi and reward myself after a good work out with a long relaxing soak in the jacuzzi. It makes me look forward to workouts.
Whether you weigh yourself daily, or weekly, it is important to pick the same time of the day each time you're on the scale. That way you are more accurately able to see your results (or lack of them) over time.
I have three cardio exercises that I like to do - walking, swimming, and biking. They all use different core muscles, so I can 'cycle' through them, and not over stress a single core muscle group, which allows for faster recovery.