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squeezing in exercise

Instead of ordering lunch (a service my office offers) i walk briskly to the farthest healthy food store, eat and then walk briskly back to my office.Doing this i can record atleast 20 mins of walking and measure how many caloriesi would have burnt.

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Exercise: The triple-whammy

A thirty minute workout is more than a thirty minute workout!

1. You're not consuming any calories during your workout.

2. You're are burning calories during your workout.

3. You will continue to burn more calories in the hour after your workout.

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The 5 Minute Morning Rev

In The Sparks Book appendices there is a section showing exercises you can do without equipment. In the morning I do one set of those every day to get me going. Only takes 5 minutes and you don't have to have "rest" days because you are not doing multiple sets or pushing yourself.

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Pay yourself to workout

If you can't afford or don't want to use a gym,
then workout at home.

However, pretend you are going to the gym, set a time, then "pay your entrance fee"., even if it is just a $1
Do this for a month, and then at the end of the month use the fees collected to reward yourself.

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Workout Music

Do you want a never ending supply of upbeat music to workout to at home? It's new and different every time you turn it on, but always has the same energy and beat? Check out pandora.com. Put in your favorite workout song and it will play songs in similar styles.

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A great vinyl floor cleaner

I have 2 dogs and the vinyl floor in front of their food dishes would not come clean. The dirt was ground in.
I sprayed Scrubbing Bubbles Tub Cleaner on the floor and let it set up for about 10 minutes. The dirt lifted right out of the tiny dimples in the vinyl! Good as new!

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EGGS SHELLS IN YOUR CRACKED EGG

Fish the egg shell out with part of the shell that you got the egg from, it like a magnet and the shell comes out1

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Fitness Sampler

I needed to clean out my saved fitness magazines. I found them hard to part with so I tore out pages with examples of workouts and put them in sheet protectors in a notebook. This is portable and handy if I travel and can't get to Spark!

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Just Get Started

I find that with exercise, the hardest part of accomplishing it is simply the act of gettng started.

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You keep hearing drink more water, heres how to rev it up!

If your like me getting 8 glasses in a day is hard, i always feel like water tastes bitter. So heres what i do: I add coconut extract (I love tropical flavors) but you could try others too! theres peppermint extract, Cherry extract, Almond extract etc. It revs up flavor and gives a bit of nutrients....

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