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exercising in water gives a fantastic workout

Doing simple exercises in a pool gives a great workout while being really easy on joints and you don't feel the soreness as much. Great way to start exercising if you haven't in a long time. You can build up to stronger movements and add styrofoam tools to increase intensity as you go along.

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"There is no elevator!" Neo had it right. :)

When I get in to work in the a.m., I take a trick from Neo's (the guy from The Matrix) playbook & tell myself "There is no elevator!' Just like the kid who helped Neo "free his mind" from the Matrix, I pretend my building doesn't have an elevator & happily take the stairs to my 4th-floor office!

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Dance in your seat

Due to an ankle fusion done Dec. 1st, exercise as been difficult so I started playing music at my shop and dancing in my chair while working on the computer.

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Ab crunches while driving :)

You can easily do crunches while driving...just be sure you're sitting correctly and pull your ab muscles in and release. I can easily fit in 100 on my way to work... Sometimes to challenge myself, I hold them in for an entire song - much harder than it sounds :)

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Alarms

I set my phone alarm to go off when I get off work. This reminds me to put my gym clothes on before I leave work. If I have on my workout clothes there is no excuse not to go to the gym.

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Find something fun to do

This is the easiest trick to exercising, always find something that excites you, You dont wanna be stuck with the same mundane routine day after day. For example Monday do yoga, Tuesday running, wend try a dance class like salsa,etc . This will make exercise a lot more fun for you.

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silver sneakers

Joining silver sneakers exercise classes at the Y has helped me stay on track with my exercise. I've made many new friends there.

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walk away the pounds

I discovered Leslie Sansone's "walk away the pounds" dvd's several years ago but just started using them faithfully about 2 years ago. The miles go by fast and it's a great workout! You get a much better workout than outside walking because you use resistance and weights. I love it.

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1/2 Marathon Goal

First 1/2 marathon for me is scheduled Labor Day weekend! Using a tried/true plan from Team N Training really helps to train for this goal! And the added element to my future success is that I have walking/jogging buddies making me accountable to show up each day! Results are already amazing!

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Give yourself a better shot at getting your exercise done

I log my exercise first thing in the morning or early afternoon while at work. The benefit - when I get home, I am more likely to work out because I have already gotten the points and seen how many calories I burn if I do.

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