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Stick exercise in anywhere

I work in a call center. So I have my own space in the corner. If I sit too long my body hurts so bad when I do get up. To help that, I get up and do exercises at my desk. I do arm crunches, squats, yoga, anything I can think of at the time. It makes me feel so much better that I am up and doing something.

- Submitted by MY_5_KIDZ 11/22/2010 in Exercise | 35 Comments
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Challenge Yourself!

Add a challenge in your routine to supplement the cardio and strength training you already do! I am starting the 100 Pushup Challenge in a couple days. It's something that isn't too time-consuming and is easy to fit in on the days I don't have an hour to commit to working out. Challenges are setup to have a goal to work towards, are usually short-term, and are measurable goals - a great thing to add into your mix to change things up a bit!

- Submitted by WENZTHAT 6/3/2011 in Exercise | 8 Comments
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Walking lunges

Sometimes when I need to go into another room, I'll do "walking lunges" to get there, or other times, I'll just do a few circuits of them around the house if I'm waiting for dinner to cook or something. Its a little thing (and you might feel silly at first) but its definitely a lot more difficult than just walking around the house or to the other room - it gets the heart rate up and tones the muscles at the same time!

- Submitted by KCHRISTY6 1/12/2011 in Exercise | 18 Comments
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Time of Exercise

Exercize for 30 minutes right after getting out of bed, before breakfast. It's burns calories and boosts metobolism, before I eat anything!

- Submitted by FRANNY1961 2/17/2011 in Exercise | 15 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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Stop Throwing out spinnach/lettuc
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I have saved so much $$ by just putting the spinach in a plastic food storage lidded container with a paper towel on the bottom and another on top of the produce! Keeps up to 2 weeks! Works on sliced bell pprs too! Dry off the inside of the lid each time you open and use some of the contents. It's the water/wetness that spoils the produce before you have time to use it all. Amazing.

- Submitted by TRUDIP1 9/26/2012 in Cooking | 7 Comments
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Exercise Clothing

Having the right sports bra has helped me to run, jump, and play harder since I'm not as worried about extra bounce. Title Nine (titlenine.com) has a bra for every body type. They also have bra fitters to help you determine the best bra for you.

- Submitted by TX_RUNNER 7/26/2010 in Exercise | 38 Comments
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Do it now

Instead of trying to get everything done and fitting your exercise in when you can, get your exercise done and do everything else later. So many things can get in the way, (and for those of us who don't just LOVE to work out, so many excuses) it really helps to just do it before that happens.

- Submitted by TONIABLAKE 4/26/2010 in Exercise | 18 Comments
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Mix it up

When exercising on a program, it's best to mix it up each time. Doing the same exercises all the time can get your metabolism used to it, and it won't burn as much fat nor build lean muscle. Keep your body guessing!

- Submitted by TIMS4FISHING 3/30/2011 in Exercise | 14 Comments
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Happiness

All the happiness you will have is what you DECIDE. You have the power to be happy only by deciding you will be. It´s worked for me. Decide today...it works!

- Submitted by MARBELLA008 1/17/2012 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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