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Move, Move, Move

Every time you move your body you are burning calories. So just think about simple moves throughout the day and the calories will burn.

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Change it up!

Change your exercise or add something different it will keep you motivated and will excitement to a routine that may have gotten mundane

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Rain

I'm not going to let a light rain stop my morning walk.

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Find numerous places to workout and find activities you really enjoy

I learned to workout at home after always working at the gym. I found DVDs that I really enjoy like a Bollywood workout and Zumba and it's easier to throw on workout clothes than driving to the gym. I also take a break at work at lunch to walk on the treadmill. And then there's always the gym too.

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Gym classes = friendships

I take classes 6 days per week (Zumba, Body Pump and other aerobic classes). I enjoy the friendships that I have made in the classes, and hate to miss a class. It's great motivation for getting out to the gym.
We're called the Zumba Ladies, and we are aged from our 20's to our 60's.

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Get it over with!

Although I do enjoy exercising most days, as a rule I only work out directly after returning home from work. By the time dinner is ready, I've already worked out and am ready for the rest of my relaxing night.

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keeping it up!

I don't HAVE to go any distance, I just have to jog...When I think this way it's easier to get started..I usually find that once I have started I want to keep going.

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GymBoss is my favorite tool

Run/Walk Interval timer! Wonderful!

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Print out the exercises

I print out the weekly exercises, then print out all of the directions. I've put them in page savers and put them in alphabetical order (a bit anal, I know!!) and use a few loose leaf ring s to hold them together. Easy to take along when I travel.

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Planning ahead

Packing the night before makes me more likely to follow through on the next day's plans. It seems simple, but the process of really putting thought into the next day's plans really helps me follow through.

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