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Nordic walking

I have knee, ankle, and back problems. My husband has shoulder pain. Nordic walking is perfect for us. It takes pressure off joints. It relieves tension in the neck & shoulders, The bonus is that it burns 20-40% more calories than regular walking. It is also recommended for balance problems.

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Make a music mix for exercise

I found when jogging, my pace tended to match the music I was listening to, and I found myself slowing down to certain songs. Find a song that has a beat comfortable to jog to, then make a playlist using songs with a beat near the same tempo, or throw in a few with a faster tempo to shake things up

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Walking

I like to take the bus to work when I can. It provides 60 minutes of walking. Contributes to the health of me, as well as to the health of the earth

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Bike riding with friends

I ask my friends to go for bike rides with me. If I don't feel like going they can usually talk me into it by reminding me how good I feel afterwards.

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Adding exercise

I park at the far end of my parking lot and now I usually walk about a mile a day, up to a mile and a half on busy days. Just the walk from the car to my office and back is almost half a mile.

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Walk to the gym!

Next time you drive to your favorite fitness center for a workout, park as far from the front door as possible. I see people at my local 24 Hour fitness center driving in circles looking for a close spot. Why?
Try to break this habit for the gym at least, and you may end up breaking it for good!

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Frugal exercise equipment

Use any step as a step machine! Step up....step down........Find other things around the house that can be used a s "fitness" equipment. Fill old juice containers that have handles (Tropicana) and use them as weights/kettle bells........Get creative~

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Slow down, but don't stop, while recovering

I have found that if I get injured or sick, instead of stopping my workouts entirely I just slow down. I get up at the same time and do a modified version of my regular routine (for example, a slow steady walk instead of a run). This keeps my mind and body in the exercise habit.

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Fitness minutes

I actually keep track of how I rank on my sparks team. I try to be in the top 25 each month it doesn't matter if I make it. It just keeps giving me a goal each month.

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Implement What You're Reading

For the next 7 days, read at least one, up to 3 SparkArticles a day in the Exercise category. Post on your blog, mirror, TV screen, computer monitor, steering wheel, journal, kitchen cabinet, or fridge, one suggestion you commit to do. Like doing abductions or bike riding during TV shows.

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