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This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!

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Encouraging Each Other

Part of the uniqueness of Sparkpeople is the fact that everyone is there to support one another. If you weigh more than 100 pounds than you should no one cares. They are there to support you and care about you even when you have a bad week or whatever. This is such a great group of people.

- Submitted by SANDYBRUNO 3/27/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 2 Comments

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Exercise While Watching Your Favorite Show

It was one of those days when I wasn't really feeling like working out, but I was feeling guilty for not. I was laying on the couch watching a movie when it hit me, my laptop was right there, so I brought a workout up on the computer (youtube), muted and did my workout while watching the movie.

- Submitted by T-ROY0019 8/1/2010 in Exercise | 16 Comments

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Rudy Walk

My Mom (67) and I (48) walk every morning with my Australian Shepherd Rudy @ 4:30am for one hour. Everyone thinks we are crazy and maybe we are BUT this is the only time I am able to get exercise in before getting the kids to school and working full time. Plus since we started doing this 4yrs ago both my physical and mental status has improved so much. The best part is being able to relieve all my stressful events to my mom knowing it is going no where... emoticon

- Submitted by SUZICATS 2/8/2011 in Exercise | 20 Comments

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Create a no-excuses daily exercise routine

For me, the secret of success is creating a no-excuses daily exercise routine that is not tied to equipment, videos, or a gym. Something that can be done at home any day of the week.

- Submitted by FITFABJENN 1/31/2011 in Exercise | 13 Comments

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Get Dressed to Get Moving!

Whenever I don't feel like exercising, I tell myself, "I'll get dressed first then see how I feel." Once I'm dressed, it's as easy as walking out the front door. This keeps me honest in how I really feel about exercising.

90% of the time, I end up exercising anyway. I think it's the extra step of putting on exercise clothes which seems like a larger barrier than it really is.

- Submitted by CATFI9HT 10/19/2010 in Exercise | 13 Comments

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Time it

I set a 15 minute timer and workout (either cardio or strength training). I do this several ytimes during the day including in front of the TV. It is amazing how much this adds up.

- Submitted by DAWN0324 1/16/2011 in Exercise | 6 Comments

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Sneak in some strength training

Keep your hand weights close by. During commercials do some bicep curls, etc..! emoticon

- Submitted by LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/15/2010 in Exercise | 27 Comments

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Just get out there!

Even when you feel like sinking into the couch at the end of the day, just make yourself go for a short walk. When you get out there, it feels so darn good that you may go further than you planned and you'll be so happy you did it!
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- Submitted by SMILEYBEE 7/28/2010 in Exercise | 24 Comments

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Just keep moving

If you are starting out, it is okay to just walk around the block. It is okay to just park a bit further from the door. You DON'T have to run a marathon to exercise, just start where you stand and do something :-)

- Submitted by REDHEADMOM2U 11/8/2010 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Going to the gym

I go to the gym every morning at 5AM Monday thru Friday. There are no obstacles in the way at that time of the day and I get it behind me. I go to work full of energy. And if time permits I can still do another workout in the evening-even if it's just a nice walk! emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by NURSEU 12/1/2010 in Exercise | 27 Comments

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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!! Recognize what your hunger actually is for, and satisfy it with what it is craving.

Ice cream rarely gives you extra sleep, quenches your thirst, or gives you a hug!

- Submitted by GANASSI 1/28/2011 in Weight Loss | 44 Comments
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