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Buddy System

Have more than one running buddy. One for home, work, early mornings, long distance, etc. That way there is always someone available and it mixes things up. It also helps with accountability for both buddies.

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Shared Goals

I love sharing a goal with a friend so we can give each other a boost on tough days. I'm currently training for a half marathon with a good friend and we text each other about it all the time. It's awesome motivation!

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A Friendly Voice

When I'm feeling down or in a rut, I like to call a friend or family member that I haven't talked to in a while. Just a friendly conversation can turn my whole day around and remind me about all the good things I have in my life.

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Try Something New

When I realize I'm stuck in a workout rut I like to try something new to get me motivated again. A new workout video, a new machine at a the gym, a new walking route, or whatever I can think of. Of course Sparkpeople is a great place to get new ideas!

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Biggest Loser

Start a Biggest Loser challenge with your friends, family, coworkers, etc. I started a challenge with a fellow theatre goer and winner gets a ticket to a Broadway show of their choice. A friend of mine is in a challenge with her family because they all want to lose weight before a wedding. They all ...

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50 Points A Day

I try to earn 50 sparkpoints each day. It brings some balance to my sparkpeople use because on days when I get a lot of fitness points I use the other features less, but when I have a slow fitness day I do a lot more reading, blogging, and commenting. (It also makes me feel proud to earn the inevita...

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Clean House

Ok so not everyone loves to clean, but I think some heavy duty scrubbing is a great way to release stress, use up extra energy, and burn a few calories. You'll feel good about being active and what you've accomplished around the house.

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Snow Time!

Playing in the snow is an excellent workout (especially if you are stuck in what feels like the tundra for 6 months of the year like I am). Take the kids outside (or friends or just yourself) and play! Pulling the kids on the sled through the yard or up hills can really bump up the intensity. :-)

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Use The Kids!

I work with a toddler who loves books, so we spend most of our time sitting and reading. To use up her energy (and lets face it to make my day a little more exciting) I make sure we get up, run, jump, dance or anything else that is fun and tires us both out.

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Shopping Without Buying

Sometimes when I'm shopping I'll try on something that I haven't in a while like a certain style of jeans or a pencil skirt. Each time I have to try on a smaller size! Maybe I'm don't need them now or I'm not quite ready to buy, but it still feels good to say "Can I have this in a size down please?"

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