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Walk It Off !!!!

Walk It Off!
Now that Summer is here, We can get outside !!! It's ideal for starting a walking program — besides the weight-loss benefits, you'll reduce stress, Lower your Blood Sugar and lower your risk of heart disease. Get out and Enjoy the Summer Weather for Your Health ! ! !

- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 6/1/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 3 Comments
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Walk Whenever Possible

I have an office on the third floor of my house. It's a mini-workout just getting up and down the stairs. I also prefer to walk to my errands rather than drive. I'll often use an iPod and headphones with music I like to prevent myself from getting bored. Or, I'll stop and take pictures of something I like with my cell phone camera.

- Submitted by BOSTONMARGY 5/6/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Get a pedometer

I have on and I and I wear it ever where. I actually wear two of them to see how they compare. I tired to get 10,000 a day or more. It keep me wanting to get in more steps. I try to set a goal and try to reach it by the end of the day.

- Submitted by SHERRYS234 4/27/2014 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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I Add Extra Steps to My Day

In order to work up to my goal of 5,000 steps in a day, I do a few things.
1. I park on the far side of the parking lot at work and walk to my building taking the longest way possible.
2. I made walking the dog, my chore every evening after work.
3. I go to Target (without my card) and just walk down the aisles. I enjoy shopping and stay on budget while getting my exercise. emoticon

- Submitted by ROSEYVIEW 4/24/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Get a Whoodle!

I have a whoodle- a very active dog - if I don't walk him a lot every day he drives my family crazy. Instant support from my family and lots of exercise every day for me. I have no choice but to emoticon .

- Submitted by SUZKEE 4/2/2014 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Dealing With Stress

On those days that I can't get to the pool to swim or I don't have the time to do a whole exercise video (or other circumstances prohibit) I can usually find 10 minutes to take the dog for a walk. It gets me outside ( which is also a mood lifter), I walk faster than if I don't have the dog, and I get in a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise.

- Submitted by JDRAKE8171 2/20/2014 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Get Walking

Back in June this year (2013) I made the decision to walk every day. Little did I know the benefits that would follow. I began with 15 minutes, and now sometimes walk for more than 4 miles. Little by little with the help of Spark and a walking team I have extended my distance. Friends are commenting on how well and fit I look - even though I'm not yet at my goal weight. Get walking. Get looking at your surroundings - and you will blossom too.

- Submitted by JACKSGRAN 10/6/2013 in Exercise | 7 Comments
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Walk with a friend

Plan a route before you go.

- Submitted by JACKSGRAN 9/1/2013 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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making it happen

If you have your workout clothes to hand the moment you get up and put them on, it motivates you to move. It's worked for me since I've started on Sp in 2007!

- Submitted by NEW-CAZ 8/11/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Stairs one flight at a time

Every hour (as many as I can remember) I get up from my desk and walk 3 flights of stairs outside my door for a quick perk me up. It helps to get my heart rate up and adds to steps for the day. If I'm really motivated, I do it 2-3 times.

- Submitted by SAGELADY2 5/19/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Walk Out The Front Door

If I really don't want to go outside to walk. I bargain with myself. If I walk out the front door and still do not want to go for a walk then I can go back inside the house. Usually this is all it takes. Once outside I feel the sun or chilly weather, hear the sounds of birds or cars etc. Once out the front door I am good to go. Try it you will be amazed.

- Submitted by SPARKINGMYWAY 5/1/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Clean less inefficiently and move more.

When straightening up the house, work on one room at a time and put each item that belongs in that room In its rightful place. As you find things that don't belong in that room, put them together in one spot. Then when you have finished straightening that room, empty your pile of items that belong elsewhere one item at a time. You'll walk take a lot more steps walking back and forth to other rooms. When all the items have been put up, move to the next room and straighten it the same way.

- Submitted by MATHMAGICIAN 3/9/2013 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Sneak in extra abs...

When you're walking, make sure to keep good posture, and engage your core while you walk! Adds some more exercise while you exercise. ;)

- Submitted by TACITRAZE 2/22/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Add extra minutes by using your cell phone

To make sure I add plenty of movement to my day, I set an alarm on my cell phone to go off every hour. At that time (it doesn't have to be "on the hour," just once every 60 minutes), I get up from my desk and move around for 5-10 minutes. I work at home, so I use this time to perform housework (vigorously), strip and re-make the beds, take the dog outside and throw the ball while jogging in place, or otherwise physically move my body. The cell phone reminder really helps!

- Submitted by SEMISWEETCHICK 2/11/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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One step at the time IS real!

I was so down that I couldn't build up some kind of exercise streak and then I decided to just walk, just walk. At first it took me a month to do 250 minutes and this month, I did 250 minutes in just 9 days! So, "one step at the time" IS the real thing. It does work. emoticon

- Submitted by AWESOMECHELZ 2/10/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 4 Comments
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Add extra steps

Add extra steps every day by parking (or getting off a bus) farther from the building entrance. Then, take at least one flight of stairs if you're able.

This may seem too small or trivial to matter, but it isn't! I almost always do both of these, but one day, I went to the gym with a friend and rode the elevator with her. It honestly took me longer to find my usual pace for walking!

A few extra steps and maybe a flight of stairs helps you "get started" with less effort!

- Submitted by TRESA7 1/19/2013 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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On the Look Out for Fitness Opportunities

I'm always looking for ways to add more steps to my daily step count. I take the stairs instead of the elevator, I take the LONG way to any destination instead of the short cut . Every single step counts and they add up quickly!
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- Submitted by NEWNIKKI50 1/16/2013 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Playing with My Dog!

Everyday my dog demands his nightly walk and on weekends, he knows he gets some off-leash frisbee time. He never lets me forget about it or slack off! I get exercise and it just feels good to know I'm doing something good for both of us!

- Submitted by ERICADAWN1986 1/8/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Do it for your daughter/son

I'm busy at home with a newborn everyday. Exercise is the last thing on my mind sometimes. But saying " My daughter needs some fresh air" is no longer about me and my health, but hers. So I force myself to go for at least a 30 minute walk.

- Submitted by LUVLEEME11 1/2/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Pedometer, Small Steps Add UP!

Refresh those basics!! I still believe in my pedometer ~ make those numbers go UP!
Happy 2013!!

Remember you can do anything you set your mind to.
Commit to it. One tiny step at a time to live healthier physically and mentally!!

Sweet Success!! Goals & Planning are everything to reach your dream!

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- Submitted by MIPALADY23 1/2/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Walking with SparkCoach

Whenever the SparkCoach coaching segment is a video, I watch it while walking in place. Sure it is only 3-6 minutes, but every minute counts!

- Submitted by LYDDIECAT 11/18/2012 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Keep shoes, socks, and headphones at the office

I had so much trouble getting myself to workout because I couldn't find time. Now I eat my lunch for about 30 min and then walk the other 30 min. I keep spare shoes, socks and headphones in the office so I can't forget them! emoticon

- Submitted by J6SMITH3 10/8/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Saving my phonecalls

I save up all my phonecalls so that I can do them whilst outside walking at speed

- Submitted by WALKINGCHICK 9/4/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Get going in the morning

I wake up early to walk, but I am slow to start in the morning!
The night before, I lay out my workout gear, shoes with socks in them, my pedometer,MP3 player, extra battery and I fill up 2 empty bottles with water and stick them in the fridge. When my alarm goes off, I don't have to search, I can do my warm up, get dressed and out the door I go!

- Submitted by STAVIANI105 8/11/2012 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Not buying a car until I lose another 20#

Walking everywhere has really distressed me! Not to mention the extra calorie burn! Fortunately, I am in a city so it's not too terribly inconvenient. Usually!

- Submitted by MINIME119 8/10/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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