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Treat Yourself

Get a DVR and put it in the same room as your exercise equipment. Record the shows you love ONLY in that room. You can treat yourself to your favorites while working out and it will give you motivation to get in there and do it!

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make workouts fun

Find something to help make your workouts fun. Read a book or magazine while on the treadmill or stationary bike, watch a movie while you walk in place, make a mix CD of your favorite heart pumping tunes and dance around your house. Just move and make it fun to keep yourself motivated.

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Do Easy Strength Training All Day Long

I identified a handful of exercises off of the SP strength training list that are very easy to do - calf rocking, seated leg raises, wall pushups, etc. I try to do these all day and it increases my metabolism (and hopefully my weight loss!)

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Find your passion!

I've learned you must find activities you love to do in order to stick with it. Once I started running, I found that I actually enjoy it! My friend introduced me to girlfight, an all girls Muay Thai class (MMA) that I fell in love with also. Exercise is no longer a chore; I look forward to it!

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Exercise doesn't have to be a chore!

You can actually have fun while exercising! Play with your dog, your kids, your partner! Play tag! Play catch! Have a race! Just have some fun and keep moving!

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Take a lesson from your kids

I try to think of how my little one plays when I'm working out, and get my body moving with as much freedom and joy as he has, just enjoying the ability to move about, the fresh air, etc. All the little things I take for granted.

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Running

I'm new to running (C25K) and not sure what I think of it ... but I am going to finish the program.

When I'm tired and want to give up I say I - CAN - DO - THIS with each step. It gets me to the end of the segment. So far ... I have been able to do it!

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Incidental Fitness

We just got a puppy, and he gets walked at least 5-6 times a day. That adds up, as does running up and down the stairs doing laundry, parking a distance from your destination and walking, and running to all the bathrooms because you're drinking your water! Never give up, it all counts

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No excuse!!

Sign up to a gym/fitness centre near your place of work. Get changed at work if you can so there is no excuse of going home to get changed and then felling like you can't be bothered to go back out again.

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Plan and Schedule

Treat exercise like any other appointment you have to attend.

Make an appointment with yourself and do NOT cancel!

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