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The First Step is the Hardest !!!

A Little Exercise Goes A Long Way!

When I'm feeling sluggish and don't feel like getting a workout in, I tell myself I can squeeze in 15 minutes. Just a 15 minute walk. When I get on the treadmill, it often turns in to a 45 minute jog. The hardest step is the first.


- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 7/31/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments
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Drinking the Day Away!

Do you ever find that you just can't gt enough liquids during your day? Does the thought of "just one more glass of water" sound like torture? I know that my palate desires FLAVOR!

Take a big pot and fill it about halfway--your daily requirement---
1) throw in 2 or 3 GREEN tea bags-- make tea and remove
2) add spices, onions, garlic, or bullion cubes/soup packet
3) boil, bring to simmer


Drink JUST THE BROTH whenever you feel hungry.

- Submitted by NANETTE914 6/9/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Test You Blood Sugar a Few Times Daily

I wasn't much of a BS tester till I got my A1C results back...What a Disappointment. Now I test first thing in the morning, before I exercise and 2hrs after dinner.
Now I know how what I'm eating and doing is affecting my BS...I'm feeling and eating much better...
Test On !!!!

- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 9/13/2013 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments
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Trick Yourself into Exercising When You Don't Feel Like It

Set your goal to just work out for at least 10 minutes - and do it even when you don't feel like it. It's only 10 minutes, right?!? It's not going to kill you!

For me - when exercising I get energized. If I trick myself (even consciously) into JUST getting started - that 10 minutes can easily stretch to an hour or more. On those days that I just can't get with it - at least I get 10 minutes in.

- Submitted by SUMTHINGSPECIAL 4/7/2013 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Getting the job done

Getting your mind round to what your body can do is more that half the battle.
Don't say I can't do that until you find out if you can.

- Submitted by TCANNO 2/10/2013 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment
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I Made My Vacuuming Into A Mini Workout...

It's fifteen minutes before I have to pick my husband up, one of the grankids is scurrying about and the house still needs vacuuming. I stand on my tip toes and suck in my stomach and start moving the vacuum. Wow I had a workout for sure. Calf raises, crunches and moving the furniture for my arms. All this from vacuuming. There are so many mini workouts we can do throughout the day without people even recognizing it. Sometimes family just wants our attention and the chores are overwhleming.

- Submitted by FITGRANDMA120 10/6/2012 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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Keep Moving! It works!

I keep my legs moving as much as I possibly can while going to and from the bus on my power wheelchair, and it has really helped--I broke my plateau and have lost 15 pounds! I do single leg extensions and add more movements as it is safe to do so.
I am refusing to let my disability keep me from exercising.

- Submitted by LADYFOLDER 7/16/2011 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Pay attention

Pay attention to whatever you're doing. Eating. Exercising. Playing with your kids.

Be in the moment.

- Submitted by TIGHT-TUMMY 6/28/2011 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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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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Exercising Aerobically

Most people work sooo hard on cardio to blast of fat in their body, but end up still having those layers of fat hanging everywhere; tummy, but, arms, legs. What's wrong? I found the key to exercise to be slim lies in the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Aerobic means with oxigen, while anaerobic means without oxigen. A sign you are exercising aerobically is you can talk fluently while exercising, and your heart rate are quite far below the maximum heart rate (180-age)

- Submitted by DEBORA310789 3/9/2011 in Exercise | 0 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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Exercising and Testing.

Don't forget to Test Before and After Exercising. If it's low before or after, then eat something. If it's High before or after, then no need to eat.
Be Safe and Test Don't Guess ! ! !

- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 2/3/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments
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Move! Move! Move!

If I don't get off the couch and exercise ( and I mean SWEAT) than I don't get anywhere. It's like my husband (and motivator) said: "you ain't out here to look pretty!

- Submitted by FMERRICK 1/22/2011 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Brainstorm

I used to make a lot of excuses. It did not occur to me that what I really needed was to make better choices and opportunities. I really don't like salad. So one day I thought OK, no one else is going to solve this for me... so I took a special trip to the grocery store just to brainstorm and came up with a list of good/better and best choices I could have on hand to reach my vegetable goals each day. I don't have time to exercise... so I searched SP strength exercises and found ones I like.

- Submitted by JUSTYNA7 10/15/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 3 Comments
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Exercising With Special Needs Toddler

I wasn't able to get my full workouts in because my daughter is special needs so I learned to work her into my workouts. Whether it is a Jillian DVD or hiking, I give her something to do to help me and then I am able to get a workout in - even if not as high an intensity, it is still activity!

- Submitted by NOMORELOCUSTS 8/6/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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My Secret Exercise Weapon

When going out on my morning walks, I wear weights around my ankles and I carry dumbbells with me too to work out my arms while I walk.

I'm sure this increases the amount of calories I burn in addition to the walking.

- Submitted by 2TIGRE 6/30/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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Carry your food

Try going to the supermarket on foot and with just a backpack. This way you limit yourself to buy only the things you really need. Just try it! It is an experience to see the weight of your food intake.
Do not be scared, probably you have enough food in your pantry or freezer to live on for weeks.

- Submitted by BONSAIAMAZONE 6/17/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Just Warm Up

On days when I don't feel motivated to workout, I decide to at least take the time to do a low-impact workout (like walking). I find that once I start warming up, I become energized and can complete my originally planned exercise!

- Submitted by RENEGADE2 6/3/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Motivated to exercise

When I lack motivation to exercise, I turn on the Spark. I read the exercise message boards, success stories, watch the biggest loser and then after all of that I just walk into the gym and let it happen. Do anything you feel like doing. Then come back and track it. You did it! Feels so good! emoticon

- Submitted by FAIRVIEWBONNIE 5/7/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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Just Dance

I hate exercising.. but I love Dancing.. I went out and bought Wii's Just Dance! Let me tell you the first couple times I played I was sweating so bad i had to take a shower!! There's different songs with different skill levels. When you do the dance the way they show them.. it really is a work out!

- Submitted by CANDIEBEARS 4/27/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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Play Audio Books While You Walk or Exercise

Love to read but don't have time to do it or not as much time as you would like. Hate to exercise but need to do it. I combine the two and play audiobooks while I walk. This allows me to spend the time I would be reading walking instead.

- Submitted by PRIDEL 4/21/2010 in Exercise | 23 Comments
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Get Together For Fun Fitness and Not Always Around Food

It seems most times, I am invited out to a meal when meeting with a friend or family. To mix it up a bit, I have begun suggesting getting together for a walk, bowling, bike ride, or some other physical activity. This has been accepted with much joy and comments like, "I never thought about that!"

- Submitted by SEWFITSINGER 4/21/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Positive Attitude

Always maintain a positive attitude and everything seems to go better.

- Submitted by DIANNAJPEARSON 4/15/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Plan Ahead

If you tend to get 'lost' at the gym, plan what you want to accomplish that day, or that week. Writing it out can help, as well, and keep a little notebook with you at the gym so you can track your progress as it happens!

- Submitted by RISEABOVE82 4/2/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Library Finds!

Many times your local library has DVDs, movies, exercise videos, magazines, and music in addition to books. This is a great way to preview these things and decide if you're really going to use that exercise video enough to spend $20 on it!

- Submitted by APPLEPIEDREAMS 3/30/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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