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Working out decreases hunger

Many studies have proven that strength training decreases a hunger hormone (ghrelin), and cardio decreases ghrelin AND increases a hormone that makes people feel full (peptide YY).

Knowing this, whenever I get hungry after recently eating, I just go for a brisk walk outside for half an hour - it's calming, rejuvenating, and keeps me less hungry!

- Submitted by SAELIZ001 6/10/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Swap the music!

Turn down the audio on your workout video and play your own workout music instead. It helps if you have built a playlist of songs with a good paced tempo to set the rhythm for your workout.

- Submitted by FANNYMANSON 6/5/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Stuck Waiting inthe Car

Sometimes all I have to use is the car, so I have a few cardio and strength training moves I'll do

Cardio:
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Walk perimeter of parking lot or a to a pole and back
2. Jumping jacks
3. Hop to the left and right (like skating)
4. Walk in place doing arm circle
5. Dancing (if its approopiate)

Strength

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Car ups (wall-ups)
2. Squats
3. Calf raises
4. Pull ups (using open window)
5. Dips (use bumper)
6. Legs lifts
7. lunges

I have more but these are some of the main ones

- Submitted by FITGRANDMA120 4/14/2013 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Treat Spark People Like a Video Game::Gamer Girl Method

I'm a big video game and table top gamer. To help keep me motivated I treat Spark People like a video game. Every calorie tracked, point wheel spun and exercise minute gained is leading me towards leveling up (by watching my waist go down).

This helps keep me positive and productive. We all need some good cardio to survive the zombie apocalypse

- Submitted by THEGUMBIECAT 1/4/2013 in Using SparkPeople | 3 Comments
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NETFLIX & HULU are your Friend

I watch Netflix or an episode of Hulu when I do my cardio. I never get bored this way. I actually look forward to getting sweaty because I've tricked myself so well!!! emoticon

- Submitted by MEG-NATALIA07 11/27/2012 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Scheduling exercise on the planner

Scheduling workouts with planner

- Submitted by VTRICIA 9/9/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Chair Dancing

I have found several videos on You Tube of Zumba chair dancing.
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- Submitted by MAMAWALMART 4/2/2012 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Treadmill in my room

I moved the treadmill in my room to be reminded day and night that exercice is the only way to live healthier

- Submitted by JOA11789 2/23/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Treadmill in my room

I moved the treadmill in my room to be reminded day and night that exercice is the only way to live healthier

- Submitted by JOA11789 2/23/2012 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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New fun sneakers = Renewed motivation for walking

Purchasing a new pair of sneakers (with fun bright laces and very flexible soles!) helped me get motivated to walk again.

- Submitted by JERSEYTAURUS 1/11/2012 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Honey -Lemon combo for weight loss

1)Eat within 20 minutes after waking up.
2)Mornings--Mix honey with a cup of warm water with 2 drops of lemon for weight loss
3) Split your meal. Have 6 small meals instead of 3 big meals a day.
4) Go vegetarian. Eat Raw.
5) And a half an hour cardio .

- Submitted by CHAITHANYA1 12/20/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Cardio is my friend

I used to despise cardio...I wanted muscle. Since spending 30-60 minutes a day on the elliptical and/or gazelle, the pounds are disappearing...just like my waistline! emoticon

- Submitted by AMYDEE0821 11/24/2011 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Toning Up

When I want to see a major change in my body fast i do 5 min of cardio and the same 5 min of a strength move for 30 min and after a week, my body looks firmer and smaller!

- Submitted by PRETTYNPURPLE23 9/13/2011 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Easy Interval Training

I made a mix of music that helps with putting intervals in my walk. I pick music that I like with the pace in mind. I start out with a couple of songs that have a beat that matches my warm up speed, then up the pace a bit until I'm at my target walking speed. For the rest of the workout, I vary the pace from song to song and by matching my pace to the beat, instant intervals! When I get tired of the selection, I just make a different mix. Works for walking, running biking etc. Enjoy!

- Submitted by LARRYHARWOOD 8/30/2011 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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20 minutes a day

That is all it takes to make a difference. If you carve out 20 minutes a day to do cardio (and don't phone it in) you will see a difference very quickly in your body. I used to moan for 20 minutes to an hour about how I didn't want to take the time away from my favorite show, or book to go work out. But by the time I got done whining, I had wasted more time. 20 minutes on a bike or elliptical doing interval training had me losing weight and inches, quickly!

- Submitted by FATLOWI 6/21/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Do One Minute More

When I first started exercising, I could only do a few minutes on the elliptical or treadmill. I made it a personal goal that each time I went on, I would go just one minute longer than the next time. Pretty soon, I was able to do 20-30 minutes!

- Submitted by RECLAIM2012 6/20/2011 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Break the routing - Get Results!

I have learned the lesson on how to break the routine and lose the weight in other word the infamous plateau.

I exercise 3 times a day which include walk for 60-75 minutes and then in the afternoon cardio for 35-40 minutes.

Decided to then the days I do cardio in the afternoons do long distance walk without hills, then every other day - sculpt days, do walk with hills, this way I exercise my legs.

Believe me it works! emoticon

- Submitted by CHICA_BORICUA 6/16/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Trying to get that weekend workout in? Go play with the kids!

Playing with the kids is a fun family activity, which is not only good for bonding, but it's exercise, too! SparkPeople has all sorts of activities listed for you to log, including the general "Playing with the Kids" activity. Go play as your cardio!

- Submitted by ANITA_NM 6/11/2011 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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FREE Kindle Exercise Books (also for iPhone, Blackberry, iPad, Android, PC)

Hunt 4 Feebies, a freebies blog, http://hunt4freebies.com/68-
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has a current list of FREE Kindle books. List includes books on Pilates (2), Dumbbells, Kettleballs, Cardio, 1st Marathon and Golf (20+).
Please note, when you’re checking out be sure the total is $0.00 because these prices change frequently.

- Submitted by KBUCKMASH 6/11/2011 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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HIIT The Secret to Success

It takes about 30 minutes a day for three months, but when you're done you'll be in super shape and you will probably have lost pounds of fat that stays off.

Warm up for five minutes at a 5 level of effort.
Do one minute at level 10 followed by two minutes at level 5.
Repeat three times a week for a month.

Second month four sets four times a week.

Third month five sets five times a week.

Do this when walking, jogging, StairMaster, whatever, just be consistent.

- Submitted by JREIDY 5/4/2011 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Switch Cardio Machines

I didn't like cardio machines at the gym until I started switching every 15 min. I can do a whole hour on 4 different machines and it's a lot easier to manage then just the eliptical or tredmill for an hour.

- Submitted by BLOND_KIRA 4/19/2011 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Dancing Burns Cals

Zumba for Wii

- Submitted by NHOLBROOK 4/18/2011 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Set a SPECIFIC fitness goal you track daily

I have read many times to make goals, and I thought "I'll be ok without it." I began the 5K Your Way, with the intention of having a 16 minute mile by the end, and I have stuck with my program! Having a very specific goal as opposed to simply cardio 3 days a week has been very helpful!

- Submitted by CYNNANE 3/8/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Playing The Wii or Xbox Kinect!

Losing weight while having fun dancing!

- Submitted by STARSHINE1022 3/3/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Quiet Times during your workout

I prefer to work out in the mornings, but that's also when I prefer to have my quiet times, since the kids aren't up yet. Here's a way to combine the two: LISTEN to scripture while working out. I play the audio files on my iPhone while I'm on the Elliptical, praying before/after while stretching/cooling down. This gives me the spiritual and physical charges I need each morning. No matter what the day holds, I know that I started it out right! emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by FLOURPOWERTANIS 2/22/2011 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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