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Hang laundry on clothesline

I love hanging laundry on clothesline for a couple of reasons...the money savings for not using a dryer (of course), but the smell of fresh clothes from the line is awesome and invigorating. My line is around the corner and across the driveway, plus I leave my basket at the one end and walk back and forth as I hang them. I have twelve 20-foot lines and usually do 5 to 6 loads a week. Then when dry I fold them and put them in the basket the same way, walking to the other end.

- Submitted by JAMBA7345 8/28/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Moving around during my work day

I like to pace around while on the phone, it's good for me, and I believe the person I'm talking to can hear that my voice is more alert as when I'm slumping in my chair. I also have a reminder set on my laptop which makes me get up once every hour and go get a glass of water.

- Submitted by BINEMELLES 8/28/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Never take the elevator. Always use the stairs several times each day

- Submitted by SIOBANGMOM 8/26/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Stairs

I take the stairs two at a time or run up them.

- Submitted by KATPAINE 8/25/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Park as far away as possible!

I am a regular weight lifter/gym goer, but I still do the classic "park as far away from the business as possible". And I try to walk places that aren't unreasonable far apart. Really adds up on my step tracker!

- Submitted by NANCYANNE55 8/20/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Have fun

I like exercising best when I am having fun- playing basketball, playing in the surf, running around after or with the kids.

- Submitted by MBPP50 8/18/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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secret is cleaning . . .

If there's a rainy Saturday or a spare evening, I'll set the timer for 20 minutes, turn on music or news, go into a room and clean what needs to be done. When the timer is done, I reset it, go to another location and repeat. Then repeat. After three or four units, some of which are vigorous, some not, I take a twenty minute tea and snack break, then go again. In three hours the house is clean, I feel great and I've moved nonstop for a big chunk of time. It works!

- Submitted by KVEBLEN 8/18/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Make exercise the solution to everyday problems

I do a short burst of light cardio to wake myself up in the morning , a few sun salutations when I'm stressed, a walk with my dog when I need some quiet time, and yoga to help my insomnia. Exercise is now inevitable part of my routine.

- Submitted by IJUSWANNABOK 8/17/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Add my workouts to my work calendar

I use my calendar to schedule all appointments and activities, I add my workouts to this calendar and it has been over 1 year that I have been committed to getting exercise in every week emoticon

- Submitted by PILATESMOM2 8/15/2014 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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