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Cold Outside? Do your running warm-up inside.

When it is very cold outside, the transition from being inside to going outside is easier if your body is already warmed up. Therefore, doing a full warm-up routine inside before heading out the door can make Winter running less painful. Of course, you need appropriate Winter running clothing as wel...

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Use Non "Exercise" Activities to Increase Movement

To keep moving, one doesn't always have to be "exercising". There are many non-exercise activities that also involve the body: making music on an instrument, singing, house-cleaning, playing with pets or kids...

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To Sleep Better: Don't Check Email at Night

For awhile, having my email accessible right by the bed, I would check new mail during a middle-of-the-night wake-up. What a mistake! Several times, the content of an email would get my mind whirling leading to sleeplessness. Therefore, I now refuse to look at email from bedtime to wakeup time in th...

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Middle of the Night Snack: Better Sleep

Because of restricted calories for weight-loss goals, hunger used to keep me awake in the middle of the night. Now I budget calories for a nutrition bar during a middle of the night wake-up. I fall right back to sleep afterwards.

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Do it YOUR Way

Much of the collected "wisdom" about exercise is questionable. One study says one thing while another study refutes it. So much of the exercise world is dominated by competitive sports or the profit motive. Neither of these spheres have the well-being of the individual as their central motivation. T...

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Be Your Own Kind of Spark Person

Figure out what works for you here on SparkPeople. Establish your own presence. There are so many different ways to use Spark. Your way of using Spark might be different than someone else's. That is fine.

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Load up on "Other Goals"

I have about 24 "Other Goals" on Spark People. Do I actually accomplish every single goal every day? No! But having so many goals listed there allows me to do two wonderful things: 1) I can read them every day, reminding myself of my ideal day. 2) There are always more than 5 of them that I can hone...

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Remember Your Health Role Models

Remember the positive role models that your grew up with. Even if most of the people in your life growing up were not taking care of themselves, if there was even one person who modeled a positive, healthy way to live, then you had a role model. Cherish those memories and the power that they give y...

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Use Frugality as an Exercise Motivator

Great exercise can be free. And that fact in itself adds motivation for me to exercise. When I exercise to a great free online video, or get a long walk in a local park, I get that same kick that I get when I find a good book for peanuts in a thrift shop, or wonderful pants in a second hand store. G...

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Quality, not Quantity

When I started my weight-loss and health improvement journey, I knew that I would be eating less than before, so I decided that I was going to enjoy what I ate more. I was going to choose only quality foods that I really loved and savor them even more. Focusing on the quality of my eating made the c...

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