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Walking

I hit a plateau with my normal exercise routine. I walked a few miles per night for a few nights and the weight just dropped right down.

- Submitted by DANOPLENTY 5/7/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 12 Comments

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DESK PEOPLE -- Get up and Move - Once Every Hour!!!!

The title says it! Your metabolism will thank you!!

- Submitted by HUMLADY1 12/7/2010 in Exercise | 15 Comments

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Home gym equipment

Save your money on expensive gym memberships and invent in home equipment. All you really need is hand weights, stability ball, resistance bands, and a jump rope for cardio. If you cannot jump rope invest in some cardio workout dvds. You never have to buy workout clothes appropriate for the gym because you are doing it at home now. What a savings!!! Bikes are great to have to because you git to enjoy nature while getting fit.

- Submitted by ANGIESDIET2 1/12/2011 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Dress for Success

Wear your 'best' exercise clothes, regardless of where you exercise. If you have only one good outfit wash it more often if needed. Get rid of the old ripped faded baggy clothes and wear something that feels and look goods and makes you feel like an athlete.

- Submitted by KALISWALKER 8/12/2010 in Exercise | 45 Comments

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Just do 10 minutes

When I'm super tired and just don't think I have the energy to exercise, I tell myself "just 10 minutes". Some days, once I start, I can do more and some days, I just do the 10 minutes. Either way, at least I exercised a few minutes.

- Submitted by MELOSPARKLE 5/31/2010 in Exercise | 9 Comments

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Find the Optimal Time For Your Fitness Minutes

Identify your worst 'snack time' and use it for Fitness Minutes instead

- Submitted by BESTSUSIEYET 8/10/2010 in Exercise | 12 Comments

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Keeping Moving

At one time I really use to hate housework, but now that I have "The Spark" I just use housecleaning as a way to get my exercise in. I just pop in my favorite CD and I just clean and dance. You REALLY burn calories, get your housework done, and have tons of fun!

- Submitted by READY2LOSE37 10/23/2010 in Exercise | 8 Comments

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Follow the 10% Rule

Trying to do too much, too fast, too heavy is a set-up for injuries. Start "where you are" and gradually increase as your fitness improves.

- Submitted by DRB13_1 11/9/2010 in Exercise | 19 Comments

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Reminding Yourself of Why You're Doing This

We all mess up, but we can limit our mistakes if we remind ourselves of why we're doing this. I find it helpful to post my goals in places that I will see them constantly. For example, I have them set in a really pretty frame on my computer desk, I laminated them and use it as a bookmark, and I even have them written down on an index card that I carry in my wallet. It makes it a lot harder to spend money on junk food when I open my wallet to pay and see my goals staring me right back in the face.

- Submitted by AADIBEAUFORT 8/20/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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secret is cleaning . . .

If there's a rainy Saturday or a spare evening, I'll set the timer for 20 minutes, turn on music or news, go into a room and clean what needs to be done. When the timer is done, I reset it, go to another location and repeat. Then repeat. After three or four units, some of which are vigorous, some not, I take a twenty minute tea and snack break, then go again. In three hours the house is clean, I feel great and I've moved nonstop for a big chunk of time. It works!

- Submitted by KVEBLEN 8/18/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Eat a pound of vegetables every day

This is what did it for me. Get a kitchen scale and eat at least a pound of vegetables every day. They fill you up, and you have less room for junk. No food is off- limits, but who has room for a large dessert or second helping of meat when you've just eaten three grilled zucchinis or a shoebox sized serving of spinach?

- Submitted by STRONG_SARAH 8/23/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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