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Mix it up!

Our bodies need all different kinds of movements to continue to transform and become what they are intended to be--physically fit! Interval training, circuit training, strength training, cardio--running, swimming, biking, hiking, yoga and pilates all are methods by which to get there...to name a few...

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USE YOUR CALENDAR TO PLAN EXERCISE

Mark your calendar and put out your exercise clothes the night before the be sure you get to the Gym. Also, put a note in your car if necessary to get you there!

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Let It Heal

If you get an injury like a sprained ankle, take the time off the exercise to let it heal. Focus on eating right and resting. Return to your exercise regime once you are fully healed. Chances are if you do half exercises with an injury you are just going to prolong the healing process and it'll take

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My Secret Exercise Weapon

When going out on my morning walks, I wear weights around my ankles and I carry dumbbells with me too to work out my arms while I walk.

I'm sure this increases the amount of calories I burn in addition to the walking.

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15 minute walk's

Busy schedule,
Not motivated after a long day

I find taking an afternoon walk for 15 minutes not only increases my cardio but helps alleviate work place stress.

It's good if you can find a co-worker as well but try not to talk about work and focus on postive things. Enjoy the walk ...

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Cool down your body when exercise is over

I always feel really hot an uncomfortable following a workout, so I keep a pack of cleansing facial wipes in the fridge so I can grab one as soon as I am done. From about halfway through my workout I am just itching to grab one and refresh me, so it's like a little reward when you've finished.

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Work Out With friends

If you can, find a group to hold you accountable. I participate in the Healthy Walkers Club every Wednesday. Our local mall opens an hour early just for walkers (the stores are closed), so we walk every week, the same day and time. It's a great way to socialize & get a workout in.

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Take advantage of modern technology

If you can; put SparkPeople app on your mobile/cell. When you work out you can log your activities as you go along. If for some reason your app doesn't work due to bad signal, use a notepad on your phone and record your results and put in calorie, time and distance results.

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The BEST walking/running socks, ever - Balega Socks

I discovered Balega socks last year & I LOVE them!! Since I switched to these for my daily walking & occasional hike/jog/run or foray into the woods, I have never gotten a blister, had a rubbing hot spot or any other kind of similar foot issue. Shop the web or walking/running stores.

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use food cans

as weights!! just look at the weight on the can..

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