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At one time I really use to hate housework, but now that I have "The Spark" I just use housecleaning as a way to get my exercise in. I just pop in my favorite CD and I just clean and dance. You REALLY burn calories, get your housework done, and have tons of fun!
It helps me to get started walking if I just put on some tennis shoes, wear whatever I have on, open the door and start walking down the street. Walk just 10 minutes from my house and by the time I get back, I've walked 20 minutes.
The title says it! Your metabolism will thank you!!
Wear your 'best' exercise clothes, regardless of where you exercise. If you have only one good outfit wash it more often if needed. Get rid of the old ripped faded baggy clothes and wear something that feels and look goods and makes you feel like an athlete.
I try to keep moving! Even if it's only walking to the grocery store from a parking space far away from the door or making an extra trip upstairs to gather the laundry. I go out of my way to add a few extra steps to every activity.
I try to workout when I first wake up so if I sleep in my shorts and tee shirt then I'm almost dressed and ready to go as soon as my feet hit the floor. It also helps if I have breakfast laid out, so I just have to flip a switch and slice a banana.
I read that even the smell of a green apple can trick your mind into thinking it is full. Apples have alot of fiber and the old adage An Apple A day, May keep the Doctor away might just be true. Love your Granny! Tsk Tsk
Exercise is the key to feeling great. We all know that, but some days, we just don't feel motivated to move AT ALL. My trick, on those days, is to do at least the warm-up portion of the DVD, walking/running program, etc. Stop after that if you want, but I bet you won't!!