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Grab bag of DVDs

Over the years, I have acquired quite a few workout DVDs. Well, to have variety my routine and not get bored, I've decided to do a "grab bag" of workout DVDs. Just round up all of the DVDs, get a bag, and shake it up. Pick out a dvd and that will be the workout of the day. after you're done, set it to the side instead of putting it back in the bag so you won't accidentally pick it again. repeat each day until the bag is empty and then start over!

- Submitted by CRYSTALDWM 4/9/2013 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Variety checklist!

I get bored easily but want to stay focused on exercise. Meanwhile, I realized that I have a LOT of workout videos. So I've made up a weekly checklist of about 8 workouts, e.g., 3 different cardio videos, 3 different strength training videos, 1 yoga, 1 abs--plus a long walk with my walking group. I do 0-3 videos daily, depending on my energy level and schedule. Each month I make a new list using different workout videos, maybe substituting a Pilates video for yoga or abs.

- Submitted by LAURIE160IN2013 9/1/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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The Library Is Your Friend!

The other day I was in the library (I go there a lot for books, movies, and free WiFi), and I realized--Hey, they have workout DVDs I can check out for free here! So, I checked out "Bollywood Burn" and went home and tried it. It was fun and free! I know I'm not the only one who craves variety, and utilizing your local library is a great way to keep your workout fresh and exciting for free! I can't wait to try more! emoticon

- Submitted by BIKINIKITTY 3/6/2012 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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Spruce up frozen veggies

Buy frozen veggies like broccoli, asparagus, or snap pea stir fry and add a little peanut sauce. Also to raw cucumbers Kraft Asian Ginger Sesame dressing.

- Submitted by FEADHEAD 8/30/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Spice up that breakfast oatmeal

It's nice to add Cinnamon to your oatmeal, but have you tried other spices? I like Pumpkin Pie spice in my morning oatmeal and it makes it less boring too.

- Submitted by WIGIME 5/31/2011 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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Put off treats until you have eaten your necessary nutrients for the day

Plan you menus. How many calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fats do you need for each day?
Then promise yourself you will not eat a treat/cheat off of your plan until and unless you have eaten all the nutrients for that day.
Just as you need fuel to drive your car, feed yourself healthy foods before you choose any extra calories.
Remember, in some cases WATER can quench both thirst AND hunger.
Congratulate yourself for each day you eat on plan!

- Submitted by DRB13_1 1/1/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Try different apples

Taste all the different apples at the grocery store to find your favorite! I'd been buying Red Delicious out of habit, but decided to try all the others at the store. It's fun bringing a different one to work every day and trying all the different tastes. Cameo and Honeycrisp are my new favorites!

- Submitted by ZEMKAT 12/5/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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never pass up a buddy

Anytime you are going to hang out with someone you haven't seen for a while - do something active. Take a walk, go bowling - whatever. So often, our social time revolves around food - switch it up!

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 12/4/2010 in Exercise | 9 Comments
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Spoil yourself with nutrients

I have now lost 55 pounds and I eat like a queen. I make sure that I get at least 15 different fruit and veggies in small quantities to eat.

- Submitted by MAGGIEVAN 11/12/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Come up with a few meals that are easily customizable

We all like variety, but none of us want to spend all day cooking! I have about 3 go-to meals that I can always whip up in a hurry, but they're easily customized depending on what I feel like eating. Oatmeal w/ flax seed for breakfast (add toasted, chopped nuts, maple syrup, craisins, whatever!), stir-fry for lunch (any veggies you have, egg, whatever other protein is lying around the house), or fish and veggies.

- Submitted by CARYNW 10/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Cross train to reduce boredom and repetition injuries

Cross train - have a variety of exercises - in order to keep your routine fresh and motivating. It will also help to break through plateaus.
Triathlon training turned out to be MUCH easier on my joints than just running.
And remember there are several components to fitness - muscle endurance, strength, flexibility, aerobic capacity, balance, reaction time... work to improve in all areas.

- Submitted by DRB13_1 9/7/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Be Prepared: Prep to Succeed!

Build a salad bar for the fridge's bottom shelf. After grocery shopping, wash and prep all fresh veggies/fruits. Store attractively chopped, sliced & minced ingredients in clear sealed bags, filed in an easy- to- reach storage box with a tight lid, so you can bring it all out at once.

- Submitted by MIKISTEWART 8/17/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Variety!

Try new foods, experiement with spices, discover fresh herbs, or even just change up your usual meal plans. I find I'm a lot more likely to start dreaming about a burger or nachos or something unhealthy if I'm bored with my food.

- Submitted by MYINNERDIVA 5/22/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Salad Zest!

Take the boredom out of salads. Keep a variety of different salad fixin's to vary up your plate. I keep craisins, low fat feta cheese, low sodium - low fat grated cheeses, low sodium turkey breast, as well as broccoli, cucumbers, carrots, celery, frozen baby peas and healthy salad dressings.

- Submitted by LUNADRAGON 5/11/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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(Meal) Variety is the spice of life

When planning out menus for the week, make sure to have a good variety of protein. Planning ahead is great, but getting sick of eating the same thing everyday defeats the purpose!
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- Submitted by WIGIME 4/30/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Mix it up!

So, you're a runner, right? Well, go take a Zumba class! Or you're a swimmer? How about some spinning?!

Your body can settle into a groove if you do the same workout all the time... keep things interesting and you'll shock your body - and that shock will being about a change!

- Submitted by MELICHACHA 4/22/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 4 Comments
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Be spontaneous and creative

I workout 3-4 times per week and hardly ever do the same workout twice in one week. I make sure to add variety to my workouts, try new strength training moves, add jumps to my aerobic exercises, whatever I think of to make it fun. It takes boredom out of the process and keeps it challenging!

- Submitted by RUDBEKIA 4/15/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Variety, variety, variety!

The hint here is to workout without even realize it! Plan different things to do, like a day skiing, or snowshoeing, going on a hike, or a historical tour of your city. Make something different and fun, and you will exercise without that feeling "I have to workout"...

- Submitted by TREGIANI 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 15 Comments
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Beat the Bordom

Eating a variety of different foods help shake up a meal, especially casseroles and one-dish meal. It is as easy as adding a side of vegetables, a salad or fruit, or maybe even a whole wheat roll. Same goes with fitness, cycle through several different types of routines every couple weeks.

- Submitted by CHRIS-FIT4LIFE 3/25/2010 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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