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My weekly workout routine:
DEAN: Most days I walk 2-5 miles (I don't have a car), plus 30-60 minutes on stationary biking while watching TV; 4-5 days on stair climber at gym (45 minutes); 2 days full body weight training
CHRIS: Do something active for at least 10 minutes every day; a mix of cardio, body weight exercises, anaerobic-type exercises (jump rope/sprints), and regular stretching
SARA: Now that I have a baby, I take the stroller and dog for 30-minute walks daily, do some abdominal exercises & stretches, and lift weights 2-3 times per week.
BECKY: Walk or jog 3-4 times a week; light weights with stretching 2-3 times per week
TANYA: Walk or bike 3 or 4 days a week, stepper and weight training 2 days a week
JEN: Cardio (elliptical or running) 4-5 times per week, strength training twice a week
NICOLE: Pilates 2-3 times a week, cardio (Spinning, running, walking) 4 times a week, strength training 1 day/week

My favorite type of exercise:
DEAN: Hill and mountain hiking
CHRIS: Tennis & stationary bike while reading
SARA: Anything outdoors!
BECKY: Walking the pasture, woods and fields with my dogs to check on the cattle, fencing and crops
TANYA: I love playing volleyball and team sports when time permits, which isn't often these days! I got a new bike in the fall and am really enjoying going for rides with my children.
JEN: Running!
NICOLE: Spinning or Pilates

How I got interested in health, fitness and/or nutrition:
DEAN: I didn’t have much choice! I was 52, 370 pounds, and falling apart health wise (type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure, arthritis, depression, etc).
CHRIS: I always liked fitness, but becoming consistent helped me break out of shyness and anxiety to reach my goals. Then I saw it as a way to help other people reach their goals!
SARA: I was active in sports throughout high school and played collegiate volleyball, so eating right and staying in shape was important for me to perform well. Through various injuries I became interested in physical therapy & sports medicine, which I do for a living.
BECKY: I was raised on a farm. We raised lean livestock, milked our own cow and made homemade butter and ice cream, had our own fruit trees, berry patches, and a huge garden for our family and neighbors. Because of the farm, my involvement in 4-H, and cooking meals for 10, I was always surrounded by food and nutrition—so I studied food, nutrition and dietetics in college!
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