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On Demand free exercise videos

If you have cable, check the on demand menu for free exercise videos. There may be some that you want to try before you go and buy them. I know that I found bellydancing and Bollywood dance exercises. Both are free, and look like they burn a lot. They may only be available for a limited time...

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Cleaning with Q-tips

If you have a water glass with a straw, using a Q-tip will help clean the straw, the place where the straw goes and the mouth piece. It is the perfect size for mine. Of course it does depends on the size. You can also use a chopstick to push the Q-tip through the straw to clean all the way down.

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Stability ball and Wii

If you have a stability ball and you play the sports games on Wii, try sitting on the ball. You will use more muscles than usual because you are trying to stay on of the ball, especially if you cross your ankles. I tried it this morning while playing tennis. It was intense, a better workout.

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Cinco De Mayo tacos

When I am making meat for tacos I use the low sodium taco mix. But as I am putting it in with the meat, I don't put the whole package in. This cuts down on the sodium and doesn't really take away the taco taste. I also lower the amount of water I use since I don't want too much water.

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Watching the Game

While watching the baseball game instead of sitting on the couch, I sit on an exercise ball or the floor and do crunches or other exercises. I can still see the game. So while my favorite team is playing, I am burning calories or strength training.

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Drinking Water

I have a huge plastic cup that I drink almost the whole thing of before I have coffee in the morning. It holds four cups. This way before the day is really started, I have had half of my water goal for the day in.

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