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How to Make Sure You're Really Hip-Width Apart

Many people have the problem of standing a bit too wide when asked to stand with their feet hip-width apart. A FitSugar blog post explains how to find this stance naturally:

March slowly in place, stop, and then casually kick up your left leg and allow it to fall back to the ground naturally. This motion results in a stance that is almost always hip-width apart!

- Submitted by SARAHMAC1978 6/7/2011 in Exercise | 24 Comments
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Tighten Abs While You Walk

Tighten your Abs while you walk and you will be building core strength. Physical therapist had me do this after I had fusion surgery. You can really feel the strengthening. Just tighten or suck in your belly focusing on the area near your navel while you walk. Works for me!

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- Submitted by LBTERRY1014 5/25/2011 in Exercise | 79 Comments
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Focus on What You CAN Do

I have some physical challenges that limit what I can do. For that reason, I don't use the workout generator and cannot do a lot of the daily exercises. Thinking about that is a real de-motivator, so instead, I focus on what I can do.

- Submitted by JUNEAU2010 10/22/2010 in Exercise | 18 Comments
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Working Out With Chronic Pain.

It seem's contradictory to find that working out actually reduces many pain issues and can help to prevent injuries and Osteoauthritis. But its true. Low or Non-Impact activities such as Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, and Walking really do benefit weight loss, and your over-all well being.

- Submitted by SHELLPRO 7/6/2010 in Exercise | 17 Comments
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Keep on Moving

To keep on moving is my secret. I didn't realize how much of a factor this really was until I started doing it. I briskly walk on a regular basis for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week and I truly believe that is what is helping me reach my goals along with healthier food choices.

- Submitted by BLUJEANLADY 11/4/2012 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Join a Gym with FitLinxx

Find ways to compete with yourself or with others! If your gym has a way to record your accomplishments, try that. Improving steadily no matter how heavy you are is great motivation. With a point system it doesn't matter what exercise you are doing, as long as you're doing something!

- Submitted by WINTERWINGS 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Be honest with yourself

Track every bite, lick, and taste. Be honest with yourself about what you are eating and drinking. It's going to show at the scale or in your clothes so face the truth before it shows up some place else!

- Submitted by BUTTERFLYEMERGE 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments
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I didn't want to admit it, but...

The only way for me to break that plateau was to DO MORE at a HIGHER INTENSITY! I was stuck for months and couldn't figure it out. I was walking at least 6 days a week and doing aerobics 3 times a week for a pretty good work out. Eating well within my Spark limits too, and changing up my routine--the order, the level, and so on! But I could not make progress.
Finally, I added two more days at the gym---one a pilates class and the other a pretty intense Zumba class. Now I can see the progress!

- Submitted by FITMARY 6/24/2011 in Breaking a Plateau | 7 Comments
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Don't beat yourself up for slipping

I have been trying to transition into a healthy lifestyle for quite some time now. In the past, when I'd have a slip up, I would just go back to my old ways. Now, I wake up the next day and start over. I don't feel guilty or try to make up for it...I just start over, which has helped me to stay on track!

- Submitted by VGRAEVE 6/9/2011 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments
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Change it up!

Sometimes when I ht plateau its because I'm not eating enough or eating the same things and exercising the same. My body adjusts quickly....so I have to change it up. DIfferent calories (sometimes a higher calorie day followed by a lower calorie day) or different exercises. Gotta keep my body guessing!!!!

- Submitted by HEALTHYKELLY1 5/31/2011 in Breaking a Plateau | 6 Comments
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