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Sneak in some bonus stretching and exercise while going out about your daily tasks.
Did you visit the grocery store? Carry in an extra bag or two than you normally would in each trip to the house. Use proper lifting methods so you don't hurt yourself.
When picking up items from the floor (picking up toys, clothes,etc). Turn the movement into an easy stretch or even a squat. Don't bounce and remember your muscles aren't warmed up so go slow and easy.
If you find yourself hanging on to the cardio machines at the gym for dear life, turn the machine down a bit and LET GO! Don't let the machine help you along the way. You will burn more calories going slower by yourself than faster, using the bars for support.
Think of the bars as a safety net!
I often got frustrated that I did not reach my exercise goals. Recently I have been setting a time goal and an alternate distance goal. Like I want to run 5k at my average speed, or run 7k at any speed. Then if I am going slow I have motivation to finish early. And if I don't stay at pace it is okay too. I know that I am building strength for future runs.
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