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You will always feel better afterwards

On days that I don't feel like exercising or think that I don't have time, I remember that I ALWAYS feel better after I've exercised. I never regret taking that 30-60 mins to exercise but I've often regretted skipping it.

- Submitted by MARYMARY611 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 27 Comments

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Just Do Something!

Everyone has those days where they just don't feel like working out -- and we all can come up with a list of reasons why we should skip the days workout. Instead of talking yourself out of it, just do something. Even if it's just a walk around the block!

- Submitted by SP_TMETZNER 3/24/2010 in Exercise | 57 Comments

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Workout in the morning

Get up an hour early and get moving. You can go to the gym or go for a run...whatever suits you. Try to prep anything you need the night before (pack your gym bag, organize the clothes you're wearing the following day, put out a quick morning snack).

- Submitted by GRANTM 3/24/2010 in Exercise | 110 Comments

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Pounds and Pressure

For every pound you lose, you take 4 lbs of pressure off from your knees!

- Submitted by MISTYSMOM06 7/11/2010 in Exercise | 62 Comments

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Tighten Abs While You Walk

Tighten your Abs while you walk and you will be building core strength. Physical therapist had me do this after I had fusion surgery. You can really feel the strengthening. Just tighten or suck in your belly focusing on the area near your navel while you walk. Works for me!

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- Submitted by LBTERRY1014 5/25/2011 in Exercise | 79 Comments

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A Brand New Exercise - Highly Effective !!!

Focus on your cheek muscles - just above the jaw. Now contract them so that they pull back and upward toward the ears. Contract hard enough so that your lips part slightly and your teeth show. Outstanding. Keep that up.

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(Courtesy of J. Hussmann)

- Submitted by GUTELAUNE 4/5/2011 in Exercise | 81 Comments

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Exercise: The triple-whammy

A thirty minute workout is more than a thirty minute workout!

1. You're not consuming any calories during your workout.

2. You're are burning calories during your workout.

3. You will continue to burn more calories in the hour after your workout.

- Submitted by FISHMOOMIN 10/6/2010 in Exercise | 29 Comments

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5 minutes

Some mornings I dread a workout. I tell myself I should get dressed and go anyway if I do five minutes it is 5 minutes more than I wanted to. Usually after 5 minutes I am committed to finishing the workout. Sometimes you have to take life 5 minutes at a time.

- Submitted by BCRAIGRNCEN 7/9/2010 in Exercise | 57 Comments

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Mini-trampoline in morning sunshine

One of my favorite ways to start the day is bouncing on a mini-trampoline outside in the morning sunshine.

An additional option for parents is to involve your kids in this activity.

- Submitted by SPARKGUY 3/24/2010 in Exercise | 69 Comments

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Lose the All or Nothing Mentality

You don't have to do a zillion sets or exercise for hours. Just do SOMETHING. Having an "all or nothing" mentality will keep you trapped in an on again off again relationship with exercise!

- Submitted by QUEEN_REINA 8/26/2010 in Exercise | 44 Comments
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