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Goofy 5Ks as incentive

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Signing up for a walkable 5K (especially the costumed ones) a few months ahead makes me anticipate without performance nervousness.

- Submitted by GAILITCH 10/25/2015 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Find the right exercise

You should always try and make exercise fun.

Exercise should be fun not a shore. For me it's dancing that motivates me to do every other exercise routine i need to do to help me loose weight. Try different routines and see what is right for you.

- Submitted by LAURASIMAS1988 8/9/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Changing direction, changing mindset

Sprarkcoach taught me the value of staying with it, and to take time to refresh how each day went. Tracking food choices and staying in balance. Also mixing up my exercise even if it is only 5 or 10 minutes at a time.

- Submitted by KJBDOIT 1/21/2015 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Just Keep Moving

Exercise is all about moving. If we don't have a set time (i.e. 30 minutes) of exercise to do at one time, we think: "What's the use." I like having a step calculator so I can get my 6,000 to 10,000 steps in a day. I like walking outside (I live near the beach) because once I have gone a distance I ...

- Submitted by DIXIE2350 12/30/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Waiting for coffee to brew...

I'm always impatient waiting for the coffee to brew, so I started doing strength training while I wait! Usually 2 sets of 10-12 reps, of dumbbell curls, lunges while holding dumbbells, or any of the demos on SP, until the coffee is ready. Great way to start the mornig:)

- Submitted by SNUZSUZ 12/14/2014 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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Have a Smoothie for Some Pre-Exercise Energy!!

Having a fruit packed smoothie an hour+ before your workout will give you lasting energy throughout even an intense 60 minute cardio session! I used to try all sorts - protein, energy gels, caffeine - but I've found that fruit (both fresh fruit ad/or a smoothie) give an energy boost like no other! G...

- Submitted by ASHLEIGHM89 11/18/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Getting In Your Steps

To help get in my steps when I'm at work I take the stairs to use the restroom on the floor above, I walk for 5 minutes of my 15 minute break and 10 minutes of my lunch break. The steps really add up quickly.

- Submitted by WALKING4FITNESS 9/4/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Every little bit counts!

Get up and move around every 45 minutes when I am at a desk.

- Submitted by FROGGEECHIK 8/15/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Always show up- you'll feel so much better

They say "you're only one workout away from a good mood"-SO TRUE!.
I've never regretted working out- doesn't have to be a sweaty session- a short walk, a short core workoutif pushed for time.
I have however regretted NOT working out & not woken properly that day, or I've kept a headache longe...

- Submitted by NEW-CAZ 8/15/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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No More Elevators!

No matter where I am, or where I'm going, I only take the stairs. At the airport with luggage? Stairs! At work on the 6th floor? Stairs! At the mall, movie theater, stadium? STAIRS! It was hard at first but now I don't even think about it.

- Submitted by DANIB0220 8/7/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Put That Exercise On "PAUSE"--You Heard me!

When I decide to do a chore, read a bit, watch tv, or anything else, I pop in my exercise dvd/video for the day. Whenever I need a break, I turn it on and work out as hard as I can for up to ten minutes. I then put the dv/video on "pause" and go back to whatever it was I was involved in. Doing short...

- Submitted by NANETTE914 7/30/2014 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Jury Duty

When I was on jury duty, I used the lunch break to eat, then walk around the courthouse block 4 times. I also used the bathroom stall to do wall pushups, standing ab twists/air punches, squats, lunges, knee raises, and tricep dips (it helps to use the handicap bathroom if available, for more space a...

- Submitted by DESIROCKS 7/28/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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See it, do it.

Putting my extra bedding up this morning, I stepped up on a stool to put a blanket away. Stepping down, I decided that felt good, so why not do a few more. That got 30 reps of stair steps done in just minutes in the course of my day. Later, while waiting on eggs to cook, I did some squats. A lot of ...

- Submitted by TRANSFORM-ABBY 7/12/2014 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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Give yourself a Goodie

Every time you succeed in doing something you struggle with doing (EX. exercising, drinking daily quota of water, avoiding fattening foods) give yourself a Spark Goodie and send a message telling yourself how proud you are of your accomplishment.

- Submitted by MOMALDERMAN1 7/1/2014 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Chris Powell Easy Exercise!

I loved this advice from Chris Powell, he suggested do 10 minutes every day and when you feel comfortable add 5 more minutes and et cetera. You'd think I would've thought of that, but I didn't. lol emoticon

- Submitted by XSKINNYX 6/26/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Don't confine yourself with strick rules

I started a workout challenge to stay active while at home. I called it the World Cup Challenge. Every day I changed the rules depending on my mood. On days I didn't feel like doing anything, I told myself, "Just do 10 minutes to complete today's challenge!" I kept this up for 32 days, the duration ...

- Submitted by JMARISK 6/25/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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sleep in your workout gear!

I try to get my exercise in the morning before all of my crazy kids wake up and the house is peaceful. I find that if I sleep in my workout clothes then I'm less likely to shrug it off and hit the snooze. Morning workouts help me feel energized for the day and motivates me to stay on track all day...

- Submitted by KITTYHELLOMOM 6/24/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Fatigue is a starting point

Once your Doctor gives the okay . . .
It's okay to start really, really slowly. I started at one minute a day. Next day, two minutes. Then three. Honest! The next week, four and five minutes. And so on.

- Submitted by KLASMITH 6/19/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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I Add Extra Steps to My Day

In order to work up to my goal of 5,000 steps in a day, I do a few things.
1. I park on the far side of the parking lot at work and walk to my building taking the longest way possible.
2. I made walking the dog, my chore every evening after work.
3. I go to Target (without my card) and jus...

- Submitted by ROSEYVIEW 4/24/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Mini Moving Its

I've been sedentary. Just getting up and moving about is a plus. But I found an app recently by Joseph Clough entitled Free Hypnosis with 18-20 minute sessions. I believe you can relax and access your subconscious during repetitive moments so I get into a stomping Native Dance mode. Then I close my...

- Submitted by S73694205 3/28/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Staying On Target

A secret for success in my life regarding health and fitness has been the use of SparkPeople as a way of connecting with others, throughout the world, who are in the same boat as I. This community of supportive believers in good health through diet and exercise has been for me a well-house of inform...

- Submitted by BILLTMAN 1/30/2014 in Using SparkPeople | 0 Comments
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Go for it

so you're feeling like the couch is your best bet today huh? wrong! Come the end of today you'll feel restless and will be saying "I wish I'd walked/cycled/swam" (whatever)
So don't just sit there feeling low, GO FOR IT.

Even if it's only 15 mins you'll fee the benefit later and MAN will i...

- Submitted by NEW-CAZ 1/27/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Listen to Your Body

Commit to exercise, but at a pace your body is willing to handle. There's a difference between "laziness" and a day when working out will hurt more than help. Sometimes you need to take a break for a day and then come back to it.

- Submitted by BOSTONMARGY 1/23/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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JUST DO IT!

I have found out that saying emoticon aloud, putting my shoes on and doing my exercising gets things going.

- Submitted by AWESOMECHELZ 1/15/2014 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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LAZY DAY Workout

We all have those days, every now and then, when we JUST. DON'T. FEEL. LIKE. IT. It, being anything---especially working out. Instead of doing nothing at all, do a short, 15 minute workout circuit.

Choose exercises that engage small and large muscle groups simultaneously, for maximum calorie ...

- Submitted by KWANLEEONE 1/10/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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