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drinking enough water

this works for me...i like regular water from the tap(we have a pur filter and it makes a huge difference). i fill up four 16.9 oz plastic bottles and put them on the side of the frig. as i use one i take another bottle out. they are convenient and i stay consistent with the water intake.

- Submitted by TMIS04 5/20/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Walk Instead of Wait

If you need to go to the pharmacy, ask how long it will take for it to be filled, and then take that time and go walk around the neighborhood instead of waiting. Not only do you get the exercise, but you can walk around a neighborhood you haven't seen much of! A fun way to spice up the walks!

- Submitted by MOMMYAGAIN09 8/2/2010 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Extra Steps

Look for ways to add extra steps to your day. I live in NYC and therefore don't have a car, but I choose routes that are less than direct or walk 5 blocks to take the bus home rather than a half block to the subway. If you drive, park at the furthest (safe) spot from the shop you're going to. Even a few extra steps adds up fast!

- Submitted by SAFARIBABE 1/17/2011 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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4 Sticks of Butter = 1 lb. !

You may have only lost one pound or perhaps even 1/2 a pound but when you think of it visually - 4 Sticks of Butter = 1 lb. Well, for one, that keeps me going !! Think about what it looks like or holding 4 sticks or squishing it in your hands. 4 sticks are a lot, now kiss them goodbye!

- Submitted by MSALICAT 7/19/2014 in Motivation | 4 Comments

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Another Advantage of Walking 10,000 steps

Do you want to see yourself in the top 10 Team Leaders in your teams' weekly Fitness Minutes digest? Chances are it will happen if you do 10,000 steps a day!

- Submitted by SUZYMOBILE 2/13/2011 in Exercise | 25 Comments

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Load up Your IPod!

Walking doesn't feel like exercise when I have my IPod on and I'm listening to my favorite music...it's pure pleasure! emoticon

- Submitted by LIVINGSTRONG2 6/24/2010 in Exercise | 21 Comments

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10 minutes of daily exercise...will help you shrink your size

There is no substitute for Perserverance and Consistency.
Another thing I learnt in Spark, more from people in my age group.You need to move, to improve. emoticon emoticon emoticon
I know do chair exercises, chair yoga and stretches under the watchful eyes of a trained physiotherapist. I have moved from being wheel chair bound to using a cane to walk in a matter of 6 months. Lost about 55 to 56 lbs, more because of a debilitating infection, Dengue. Now maintenance is the challenge.

- Submitted by GRANJERRY1 7/19/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Walk/Run to the music

I cover the display on the treadmill while I'm walking/jogging and zone out to the music I'm listening. I'm not paying attention to the numbers and I tend to go farther and faster that way

- Submitted by BLUGIRL44 5/9/2010 in Exercise | 38 Comments

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Zumba

Try a Zumba class they are so much fun and the time flies by.

- Submitted by YOUNGBLOODS 3/7/2011 in Exercise | 49 Comments

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Fabulous snack and very refreshing

frozen grapes!

- Submitted by STILLMENEWBODY 7/20/2014 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments

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I CAN DO 20 MINUTES, BUT 60 MINUTES IS TOO LONG!

On the days I do cardio only at the gym, my routine is to do 60 minutes. I dread it because it seems so long. Lately rather than stay on one piece of equipment for the entire time, I have spent 20 on the elliptical, 20 on the treadmill and 20 on the bike. It goes so much faster and before I've had time to think about how much longer I have to go, I'm done. WOOHOO!

- Submitted by ANDYLIN90 8/25/2010 in Exercise | 46 Comments