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Don't Be Scared of the Gym

I was absolutely intimidated to go to the gym, fearing that it was full of jocks who would just laugh at an old woman. I waited until I lost the weight and did four months of SparkPeople strength training before I got the nerve to join. I should have joined earlier! I found that people are focused on their own efforts, that there are other people like me, and the only people who don't fit in are those who are rude!

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 10/2/2010 in Exercise | 40 Comments
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Walking on the Water!

Well, I hope I have your attention now! My favorite activity is walking in the water as if I was trying to run or ride a bicycle. I have bought a couple of water noodles and I sit on one just like on a bike and peddle around in circles or back and forth. It really works your legs and arms as you stear yourself around the pool. The water provides quite the resistance and even though you might not feel too tired in the water, when you get out of the water, you can tell the difference!

- Submitted by LOSE4GOODMN 8/20/2010 in Exercise | 28 Comments
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Is like watchen the news

Instead of watching the news I start my day off reading Spark people. I find that reading something new as well LEARNING something new benefits me greatly and inspires me to 'get going'.
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- Submitted by KOUNTYGAL1965 7/26/2010 in Exercise | 15 Comments
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Focus during workouts

When I'm very busy or "frazzled" and doing cardio exercises on machines like the elliptical, stationary bike, or treadmill, I find that my mind starts to wander to all the other things I have to do - meaning I'm not giving my all to my workout or performing at my best, To help me get back & stay on track, I pick a body part and focus on only that one part while I'm working out - like the way my foot hits the treadmill each time or the way my calf muscle tightens when I pedal. Works every time!

- Submitted by KCHRISTY6 11/26/2010 in Exercise | 29 Comments
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Try a Leisure Walk Today

Remember that it doesn't have to be "all out" every time. Stop and smell the roses, watch the flitting butterflies, listen to the music of moving water. Enjoy. Next thing you know, you've walked way past your planned mileage.

- Submitted by LALAFITZ 9/7/2010 in Exercise | 35 Comments
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Find what You Love

It's hard to make yourself do things you don't want to do- so don't! There has to be something you're excited about- do that. It still counts if you're having fun. If you're not sure, that means you get to try everything. Try a crazy belly dancing dvd, or play Dance Dance Revolution with your kids. Just have fun!

- Submitted by OHSOFAB 12/12/2010 in Exercise | 11 Comments
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Stretch Every Morning For 2 Minutes

Instant energy boost...no caffeine needed.

Don't you hate waking up stiff? Take 2 minutes when you get out of bed to do a few basic stretches. Reach up to the sky and down to the ground. Twist from side to side. You'll loosen your muscles and get the blood flowing through your sleepy body!

- Submitted by TURBO-GIRL 7/8/2010 in Exercise | 33 Comments
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Get back to the Gym

It is so hard to get there, but I know from experience how great I feel once I am in the car, and how much better I feel when I am on my way home. It helps my mood so much.

- Submitted by BELLABLUE415 11/14/2010 in Exercise | 24 Comments
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Train for an event

I've found that signing up for an event that I need to train for helps keep me motivated. Last year I did a bicycle ride for cancer that was 30 mile. The accomplishment felt great and it was for a good cause! This year I'm doing a sprint triathlon May 1st and am thinking about adding more events to my year.

- Submitted by LUV2MOVE 1/31/2011 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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