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Goals

Losing weight is my ultimate goal, but at 53 health is also really important. I tell myself everyday that even if not one pound comes off I know that when I am older I will feel great and be able to do things lots of folks cant (like get out of my rocker without assistance) lol.

- Submitted by JENLSMITH1128 4/28/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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need to walk today

i have been slacking emoticon

- Submitted by ACLUBB5 4/28/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Enjoy the beauty of an early morning workout

The only time I have to work out is very early in the morning -- before the kids wake up, the nanny arrives and it's time to go to work. As I run on the treadmill I watch the sun rise, plan my day and enjoy a bit of serene quiet alone time.

- Submitted by TRINITYROYAL 4/28/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Swollen Fingers on your long walk?

In training for a marathon walk, I learned that walking w/your arms swinging at your sides causes the swollen fingers. Proper form has the forearm at a 90 degree angle (like a runner) which prevents the swelling. If this is hard, hold a string or stick between your hands to help keep hands up.

- Submitted by COUNTING_DOWN 4/28/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Get dressed in your workout clothes when you don't feel like exercising

Often when I find myself talking myself out of a workout, I decide, "OK, I'm not going to work out, but I'm going to wear my gym clothes around the house." The simple task of getting dressed for it usually leads to me working out in some form or other, even if I don't end up in the gym

- Submitted by JUST_SIMONE 4/28/2010 in Exercise | 28 Comments

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Stand While Doing SP Site

If you stand while sparking, you can do partial squats, sidebends, and any number of other things while sparking. It doesn't have to be a sitting down activity.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 4/28/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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I worked out even though I was tired!

I was sooo pooped when I got home from work today and I struggled with the idea of working out. So finished cleaning, took a shower, felt bad, and then worked out for 50 minutes!

- Submitted by BELLABANANAS 4/27/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Kool-tie

I bought a Kool-tie a couple of weeks ago at REI - cost $10 - it's a necktie filled with crystals which stay cool for several days before you have to re-soak it - it has really helped me not to get too hot and sweaty when exercising, so I push myself a bit more. I was skeptical but it works for me!

- Submitted by ROLLINAT 4/27/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Personal Trainer

I would never have thought I could hit a heart rate of 170-180 without falling over dead. I have signed up for 10 personal traning sessions. Having been a non-exerciser most of my life I was afraid of pushing myself because I didn't know what was an ok hurt and what wasn't.

- Submitted by LISAWMI 4/27/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Sit on it!

I've got an exercise ball at my desk instead of a chair! It's great- -all day core workout, all day energy, all day fun! emoticon

- Submitted by ZELDAPLIFF 4/27/2010 in Exercise | 7 Comments
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