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Have a walking meeting

If you have a lot of one-on-one work meetings, as I do, try meeting over a walk. I find that most of our business can be carried out just fine that way; we come back to the office at the end to make notes, check calendars, etc. Beats meeting over a restaurant lunch.

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I keep a couple clean water filled refrigerate spray bottles for my workouts.

Cold clean water filled refrigerate spray bottles for my workouts are a lifesaver for me. I mist myself on the treadmill, gazelle, biking or walking. Having a cool mist when I feel the breaking point allows me to continue. Sometime I play a game with myself, 'do 10 minutes' and get a spray.

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Weight Loss Plateau

The best way to break a weight loss plateau is to a) increase your calories slightly (post-workout), and to b) add INTERVALS to your cardio routine. It keeps your muscles revved up and burning fat!

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Tell yourself "Just a little more"

When you want to give up, or cut your exercise session short, tell yourself out loud "Just a little further!" This will help you reach down inside for that little extra push when you need it most.

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Do IT First Thing In the Morning

I find that if I do my exercise literally as the first thing to start my day I have a ton more energy. Also, it totally eliminates that afterwork I am to drained to exercise excuse.

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Intentional Fidgeting

I move my legs constantly - all day long! I have a desk job so I'm sitting for at least 9-12 hours a day. I make a point move my legs as much as possible - tapping my feet, swinging my leg, etc... I helps me feel less stiff and I'm burning calories all at the same time.

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Highlight Your Workouts--Liter
ally

(I picked this up from one of the SP trainers.)

If you have a calendar at work or home that you see on a daily basis, highlight the days that you work out on them. This helps you see patterns, and if there's a lot of blank space, you'll know it's time to get back to it.

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Tread Water

It burns a lot of calories, and you don't sweat! You can do it while talking to a friend.

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dance

No time to workout, i simply turn on my cd player and before i know it! I am dancing around my room to my favorite songs, feeling good. It is also a anxiety buster to listen to your favorite tunes so you get 2 benefits for the price of one.

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Do what rocks your boat

I've realised over time that we are not all walkers, swimmers, cyclists and FORCING yourself to do a form of exercise coz someone else excels at it, or because you feel you HAVE TO DO SOMETHING is not the way to go.
Find something you ENJOY - you're far more likely to stick with it!

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