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Let Go of the machine!

If you find yourself hanging on to the cardio machines at the gym for dear life, turn the machine down a bit and LET GO! Don't let the machine help you along the way. You will burn more calories going slower by yourself than faster, using the bars for support.

- Submitted by LAURAAT 10/1/2010 in Exercise | 14 Comments
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watch the biggest loser

When you watch it you get to see these people who are twice your size doing what you think that you cant do. It's xtremely motivating.

- Submitted by CREACEY 9/24/2010 in Exercise | 38 Comments
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Pandora Radio for music

I have a Droid celll phone, and this and some of the other smart phones have applicatons that can be downloaded, some for free. I downloaded the free version of Pandora radio. Yiou enter a song or artist you like and then it creates a radio station for you based on that choice You can give a thumbs up or a thumbs down or just do nothing when a song plays. You can create different radio stations. I have one now that has a lot of upbeat music so when I workiout I get variety but upbeat.

- Submitted by LINDAKAY228 9/28/2010 in Exercise | 22 Comments
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Dance

Ok...so I am new here, but,...I blast some music and pretend I am clubbing (which I have actually never done). I dance as though everyone is watching and I am a world class dancer like Fergi or Pink. Even as I am out of breath, I think, but the world is watching! They bought tickets to this show!

- Submitted by GRAIDAN 7/15/2010 in Exercise | 20 Comments
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Listen to Music ALL the Time

I listen to upbeat music every chance I get, especially while doing chores and driving. When I'm listening to a good song then my foot is tapping, and most likely I'll even start dancing! Unloading the dishwasher, dusting, cleaning bathrooms and cooking are just some of the chores that are more fun, and burn more calories, when you add a little boogy!!

- Submitted by GYPSY901 6/8/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Visualize success

Write down and answer the questions they ask on the Success Stories section. Even if you are a little ways from your goal, reading it everyday and imagining yourself as being successful at your goal helps make it feel so much more achievable!

- Submitted by DETERMINEDAPRIL 5/8/2013 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Clean Away the Calories!

I squeeze in extra cardio while I clean my house. I put my headphones on and blast a workout mix, and get really into it. I dance while I clean, and take little breaks for jumping jacks, squats, crunches, etc. It's fun, burns a ton of calories, and gets my house sparkling! I replace one gym session per week with my Dance/Clean.

- Submitted by GYPSY901 5/4/2013 in Exercise | 5 Comments
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Help Food Tracker be more flexible & accurate

Help Food Tracker be more flexible & accurate - enter new favorites in different size servings. For example, my almond milk nutritional info as 1 serving = 1 cup. But what if I like to pour a small splash into coffee? I re-entered (and saved) a new entry using "1 serv = 8 oz" since 1 cup equals 8 oz, right? Then I can guess my splash to be 1 oz or 1/4 oz (or I could resave info with however many Tablespoons per cup.). It would work with metric too.). Makes Life Easier!

- Submitted by PROVERBS31JULIA 11/3/2012 in Using SparkPeople | 1 Comment
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Go for the SparkPoints

I love going through the list of possible SparkPoints and completing as many as possible. It motivates me and keeps me on track at the same time. I have fun earning points to send SparkGoodies to others and it reminds me to track my food, exercise, and to check out various aspects of the site. emoticon

- Submitted by LOTUS0807 1/28/2013 in Using SparkPeople | 2 Comments
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Distance not time!

I'm training for my first 5k--my goal is reaching that distance every time I'm on the treadmill not completing it within a certain amount of time. I know that as my training progresses the time will start decreasing. BUT hitting that goal of completing a 5k each time I train reassures me that I CAN complete my first 5k in May! So next time focus on hitting your DISTANCE goal and NOT put your focus on the time!

- Submitted by KLBUTLER 3/17/2011 in Exercise | 15 Comments
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