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Challenge someone to walk

Challenge a friend or a group to walk 1000 minutes in a month or 24 hrs (1440 minutes) in a month.
The monthly minute feature at SP makes this easy to track.

Come up with a traveling trophy that can go to the winner each month. Something you can post and see ever day.

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Walking

I walk with a friend three days a week first thing in the morning. Even when I'm tired and don't want to get out of bed early to go walk, I feel obligated to do it so I don't leave my friend "hanging." We're planning on moving it up to 5 days a week in June since the weather will be nicer. :)

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Asking for Help

I asked my fiance to set his alarm for the same time as mine. If he is getting up to help and support me I don't have any excuse to NOT get out of bed and work out. He used to be a bodybuilder so he is big help with my strength training and correcting my form.

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Zumba!

What's not to like about Zumba! Great music, fun moves, your constantly on the go and before you know it, times up!

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Add Weight To Your Swimming Laps

MY 4 year old granddaughter hold onto my back as I swim laps!! I can barely tell she is there but it adds to my expenditure in the pool!!

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Sneaky exercising

I walk around my workplace 3x's a day...sneak in 5,10 minutes here and there really makes a difference.

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Run with a shorter stride

When running, don't take giant strides, try for short quick steps. You will take more steps over a given distance, but put much less strain on your knees and feet because you aren't jumping forward each time. It's like using low gear on a bicycle. Try it!

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Find a time

Find a time during the day when you don't have to be rushed or feel you need to be doing something else. It feels so good to get it done and not procrastinate until the end of the day.

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Work out with toddlers

On weeknights, I work out after my kids are asleep. On weekends, I include them in my workout. If I choose to do a cardio/weights DVD, my daughters join me, using markers for their weights. They inspire me to complete the workout, we get time together, and they see that Mommy works on being healthy.

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little helpers

I get my kids to exercise with me. It keeps me going, because they say things like you can do it mommy.

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