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BILL60 Posts: 526,193
4/1/13 8:44 A


"Excellence is but for the few."
SCRAPBECCA Posts: 3,376
3/31/13 9:25 P

Strength training. This is a good reminder that I need to do it more, it made huge changes to my well being both mentally and physically in the past.

Rebecca, Michigan


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BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,158)
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3/31/13 9:17 P

Running helped in the past but now I use the elliptical. There's no one activity, you need a balance of cardio and strengthening, plus stretching.

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JGMARIE80 SparkPoints: (13,088)
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3/31/13 7:13 P

Walking. It' s doable for me .

Edited by: JGMARIE80 at: 3/31/2013 (19:13)
KNESS912 Posts: 33
3/31/13 2:26 P

I'd love to say running, since that is what I am into, now, but honestly it was the elliptical machine that got me in shape when I first started working out. Once I could be confident on that, I moved to the treadmill, and now I'm running on tracts and signed up for my first run!
Thanks, Elliptical! :)

Current favorite inspirational quote: Don't reward yourself with food; you're not a dog.
3/30/13 7:14 P

I would vote strength training as well... I really do like the challenge and the results - all while rocking out to great music on my ipod.

EMILYMARGO SparkPoints: (12,015)
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3/30/13 7:14 P

I hate running, so I rollerblade. I got back into it last summer after 10 years and I'm really glad I did. It's so much fun and (bonus!) it works your inner thigh muscles more than running does.

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CINDYW1102 Posts: 70
3/30/13 6:35 P

Strength training! Without it I don't think I would have lost as much weight as I have.

ALISALEA SparkPoints: (22,998)
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3/30/13 6:28 P

Zumba! I've been going to two or three classes a week for a year and a half now. I've NEVER stuck with any other exercise for more than a few months before.

TEMIWUMI Posts: 159
3/30/13 6:06 P

Jogging, walking was getting too slow for me.

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BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,158)
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3/30/13 5:40 P

Weight training and cardio, especially running!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
ADAPTOR Posts: 1,831
3/30/13 5:34 P

I hated doing cardio until I discovered Wii Just Dance games, now I do cardio everyday almost.

in eastern Washington State (PST)

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ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (60,369)
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3/30/13 12:56 P

Variety has been a key for me. My mind gets bored doing the same exercises over and over. So I have a collection of DVD's that vary in styles and intensity. I mix it up based on how I am feeling that day and/or what I think I need on any given day. That variety keeps my mind active and helps me avoid getting into a rut and losing the spark.

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LINEBACKER1968 Posts: 394
3/30/13 5:51 A

Walking the stairs at my gym there are floor stories in the Y center I go. It dates back to when young men really did stay their. there are two passages of stairs in the back we use for walking/running up and down. The time has made me walk with better posture which has eased my back pain.

Moving Foward!!!
GOOSIEMOON SparkPoints: (199,131)
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3/29/13 6:00 P

step aerobics

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EEJAA70 Posts: 4,323
3/29/13 4:43 P


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IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
3/29/13 12:22 P

For me it was my Leslie Sansone and BeachBody DVDs at home. I was going to classes but driving there and having to be there at a certain time was kind of a hassle. Being able to do the workouts at home, on my own time, whenever it worked for me, on my laptop so I could do it anywhere - that kept me consistent and got me the results I have and hope to continue to see.

HANNAHSMAMA3 SparkPoints: (7,516)
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3/29/13 9:46 A

Insanity by Beachbody...I lost 20 pounds very quickly doing it.

Long Term Goals: To fit in my size 10's and run in a 5k

Short Term Goals: To exercise at least 5x a week and lose 2 pounds a week

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TACDGB Posts: 6,136
3/28/13 9:16 P

group power weight lifting class.......Love it........ emoticon would recommend it to anyone.

KKENT4950 SparkPoints: (2,043)
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3/28/13 3:06 P

Toning: present participle of tone (Verb)
Give greater strength or firmness to (the body or a part of it): "exercise tones up the muscles".
(of a muscle or bodily part) Became stronger or firmer.

So yes, while my strength training exercise helped me burn cals and lose fat helping to define my arms muscles, I would definitely say that my arms muscles are stronger and more firm due to strength training.

Edited by: KKENT4950 at: 3/28/2013 (15:06)
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MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (65,241)
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3/28/13 1:46 P

"Toning" happens when one loses enough fat to let the muscles be defined. It is more related to what one eats rather than a particular exercise. What helped me most initially was cardio + tracking my nutrition when I was about 60lbs overweight. Once I was down to 10lbs overweight, I benefited mostly from heavy lifting + stricter control of caloric intake. I would say by far the most important factor was control of caloric intake, exercise was only secondary.

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SUZE1960 SparkPoints: (48,593)
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3/28/13 1:07 P

I use the Team Beachbody Les Mills Combat and Pump DVD's at home. They got me through a frustrating plateau I had been stuck at for over two months.

I used to do these workouts at the local gym a long time ago (when I had more time) with awesome results.

emoticon emoticon Glad I can now do them at home.

KKENT4950 SparkPoints: (2,043)
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3/28/13 12:45 P

I never used to do classes at my gym. Did some intense cardio and weight machines, but never got the results toning wise I wanted.

Now I do classes at my gym and feel much more fit.


Bootcamp - alternating cardio and strength training:. 60 mins of sweat inducing awesomeness.
Have definitely seen a difference because of this class.

Group Power - another 60 min class in which we use barbells, with squats and ab work. It's helped tone my arms so much!

Zumba - great class for the in between days of vigorous workouts. Lots of fun.


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