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Getting Dressed is Half the Battle

Gather your gear the night before so all you have to do is grab it when you're ready. Currently, I'm choosing to workout before work each morning. I also like to lay out what I'm wearing to work the next day, so I won't get stressed and eventually tell myself that there's no time to work out before work. It all takes just a few minutes.

- Submitted by THENAMESLISA 4/21/2011 in Exercise | 17 Comments
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Focus during workouts

When I'm very busy or "frazzled" and doing cardio exercises on machines like the elliptical, stationary bike, or treadmill, I find that my mind starts to wander to all the other things I have to do - meaning I'm not giving my all to my workout or performing at my best, To help me get back & stay on track, I pick a body part and focus on only that one part while I'm working out - like the way my foot hits the treadmill each time or the way my calf muscle tightens when I pedal. Works every time!

- Submitted by KCHRISTY6 11/26/2010 in Exercise | 29 Comments
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Push yourself!

One way I make sure I clock my exercise minutes is to plug in my goal time into the machine and tell myself I can get off whenever I want. That way there's no pressure, but I have my goal in sight. I usually end up staying on the whole time and I feel great about it in the end.

- Submitted by JUSTKLH 3/31/2011 in Exercise | 25 Comments
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Shoe lace pedometer

I wear my pedometer on my shoe secured by the shoe laces it actually gives me more of an accurate reading.

- Submitted by MAVY135 5/15/2010 in Exercise | 60 Comments
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Do something you love!

I've found that I really do move more when I do something I love - like hooping or biking ;) Even though a morning walk or family moving is a great idea, it doesn't always happen which means I'm not making my exercise a priority....doing something I love that's easy for me to do is the key to my movement ;)

- Submitted by BIKURGURL 9/30/2010 in Exercise | 13 Comments
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I was sooooooooooo out of shape!

When I started actively trying to lose weight and get back in shape last year (right about the time I first joined SparkPeople), I weighed 251, was having sciatica attacks, and could barely move around. I was so out of shape, I had trouble going on an actual walk, so I bought a Wii, along with Wii Sports and Wii Fit Plus, and started with those. After two months, I was twenty pounds lighter and could then start a walking regimen. If you can't walk, Wii, but move! emoticon

- Submitted by LADYWOLF55 3/13/2011 in Exercise | 27 Comments
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De-stressing time

Nature photography provides a sense of peace and calm

- Submitted by WUNMURRA 2/18/2013 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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Buy in bulk and portion it out right away

We're limited in our shopping choices where I live so I really rely on Costco. They sell locally caught fish which I eat a lot so I buy a big chunk of fresh fish and cut it into 4oz chunks, bag them individually and put them in my freezer. When I'm hungry for fish I put one of the baggies in a bowl of cold water and it defrosts in no time - like a big ice cube. Then I have some good quality protein to cook and toss into a salad for lunch or with a side dish for dinner.

- Submitted by CYNTHIAMINUS40 2/21/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Commercial breaks

During commercial breaks on TV, get up and do jumping jacks, jogging in place, push ups, etc. You will easily have at least 15 minutes or more of extra exercise during a one hour program.

- Submitted by MARYGOLD5 3/10/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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ONLY 5 MINUTES!

On days that I dont feel like exercising, I tell myself I only have to do it for 5 minutes. Once I get started I usually end up finishing the entire workout. Getting started is the hardest part!

- Submitted by KAMSNTY 6/8/2010 in Exercise | 19 Comments
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