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Just never, never, never give up!

If you are focused on your goals to the point where they seem unattainable, break them up into smaller, more reasonable ones. Then never give up!

- Submitted by COTTRELL11 5/7/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Walking with dogs

I never walk alone. I have always had some type of pet dog. A dog will always go with you for a walk, in fact they can't wait and will make you feel guilty if you don't take them out.
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- Submitted by XENA1956 5/7/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Breaking up longer routines

As a stay at home mom and generally busy woman around the house, taking 60 minutes or more at a time for workouts is impossible. So I have learned to break my workouts into 20 minute bites at a time. 20 minutes is perfect with at least 8 oz of water right after.

- Submitted by DAISY2203 5/7/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Start small

When I first started to exercise I could barely do 3 sit ups. But I just kept going - 3 was better than nothing. No matter how small or how little you can do just do it. Now I do a full 60 minute weights training 2 to 3 times a week and 25 to 30 minutes on the stationary bike almost every day.

- Submitted by HILARY777 5/7/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Spinning and Running

Use spin classes (or a spin bike on your own) to improve your stride turnover rate!
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- Submitted by MRS_LOOMIS 5/7/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Motivated to exercise

When I lack motivation to exercise, I turn on the Spark. I read the exercise message boards, success stories, watch the biggest loser and then after all of that I just walk into the gym and let it happen. Do anything you feel like doing. Then come back and track it. You did it! Feels so good! emoticon

- Submitted by FAIRVIEWBONNIE 5/7/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments

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Speaking of Mantras...

When I run, I lose my breath quickly and have to stop to walk often. Now, I have slowed down so that I can keep going, no matter what. My mantra has become, "It's not the speed; it's the completion of the task." I even used this to finish a 10 K, although at a snail's pace. emoticon

- Submitted by SHALA77 5/7/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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GET MORE EXERCISE IN

I you are having trouble getting your exercise in, make an appointment with yourself, like you would a doctor or dentist and KEEP your appointment. Your exercise is just as important as brushing your teeth.

- Submitted by LUVSBULLDOGS 5/7/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Morning reminder

Sleep in your (clean) workout clothes. Then when you wake up you're ready to go!

- Submitted by JAXMI11ER 5/7/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Working out at home with DVD's/Drinking your water

I work out at home with several fitness DVD's, and keep a glass of water nearby, I manage to drink about 2 large glasses by the time the DVD is finished! Putting a straw in the glass makes it easier, too emoticon

- Submitted by CARDSFAN720 5/7/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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