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- Submitted by BIGVBIGV 7/28/2013 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Workout Challenges

My friend and I take turns making interval workout challenges for each other for the week. We do the workouts on our own, but check in with each other. There's nothing like knowing your friend is completing the workouts to keep you motivated.....I certainly don't want to be the one who phones it in first! We check in with each other which keeps us accountable.

- Submitted by KBRIDDELL25 2/19/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Do Something Different

I've had a lifelong struggle with my weight. This time I decided I would do things I have never done before in my effort to lose weight, and win my battle for good.
So far I'm down 50 pounds. What I've learned is that you have to keep recommitting, and reinventing your program so that you don't get tired of it.
When it comes to working out you have to keep your body "surprised". Try adding a new challenge once a month. And try to add a new healthy food every time you go to the grocery store.

- Submitted by MRSDREAMS 10/11/2012 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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50%

Whenever I'm doing a particularly hard workout and I want to stop, whether it's on the elliptical, running, or strength training, I tell myself "just get to the halfway mark and don't worry about the rest." I push myself through to 50%, then suddenly it seems like there's not much left and I can easily get to the end without stopping. This always helps me!

- Submitted by PURPLECOW88 3/7/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Watch your favorite shows!

It is always easier for me to exercise when watching my favorite tv shows. An hour flies by, and before I know it I have my exercise in for the day!

- Submitted by ONEFINEDAY185 1/10/2012 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Excercising leads to Water Drinking

I don't like drinking water but I find it's a lot easier when I actually exercise! When you're really thirsty after a workout or after sweating a bit, you tend to want water rather than a sugary drink since it quenches your thirst better. Helps motivate me to work out AND drink water!

- Submitted by BAKERSBEST 6/1/2011 in Getting Started | 2 Comments
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On Demand/Online Workout Videos

I have always struggled with exercising. Since using videos on Netflix and Exercise on Demand through my cable provider, I can now workout on my schedule and mix it up. There are a variety of workouts that keep me motivated and keep me from getting bored with exercise!

- Submitted by KANDILA311 4/16/2011 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Prevent lower back pain due to walking or running

If you're on of those who love to exercise but pay the price with a stiff lower back afterwards this is for you!

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 2/11/2011 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Exercise- Make it a Daily Commitment

Making the daily commitment to daily exercise has truly been the turning point for me. I have tried for 20-30 years to get a consistent "right" mindset. No matter how hard I tried in the past, I would always 'fall off track' for one reason or another. Making the "JUST DO IT" motto a part of my daily routine has truly been the trick.
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- Submitted by JEAN111766 1/9/2011 in Exercise | 43 Comments
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breaking my plateaus

i realized that working out when i dont feel like it, or working just as hard or harder on a lazy day is when i see the most results when i would usually start to plateau from boredom..

- Submitted by DAKOTA287 10/26/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 2 Comments
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Push play and commit to just 5 minutes

I workout at home a lot and my way of getting my workouts in is to just commit to the first 5 minutes. Even if you dont feel like it just tell yourself "Im only doing 5 minutes and if I still doing feel like working out I'll turn it off" Every time that I've done that I end up doing the whole video. Once you get through the warm up section time just flies by because you're having fun. :)

- Submitted by ASHEESPOSITO 9/19/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Set goals you can achieve!

My workout goal for the last month was 60 minutes each day. What seemed like a good idea was a really big mistake. I ended up dreading it, never found the time, made excuses not to, and never did it. So I'm changing my workout to a much more friendly 20 minutes.

- Submitted by K8HUTCHISON 9/14/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 3 Comments
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Exercise

Well, I started Tae Bo, and I have a rule about working out, weather it be Tae Bo or something else. If I have not worked out by 6pm, I drop everything (tv. pc. whatever) and workout !

- Submitted by BLUEANGELEYEZ83 7/9/2010 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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There's Nothing Like Clean, Fresh Workout Clothes!

After you work out, wash your sports bra in the bathroom sink and drape it over a towel to dry. The next day, you'll see it hanging there all fresh and clean, and you'll be motivated to put it on and work out again!

- Submitted by TURBO-GIRL 6/16/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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How to actually get up early and exercise!

Before you go to bed, set out your workout clothes and sneakers in a place where you can't miss them in the morning. Having your gear all ready to go makes it easier to get dressed in a jiffy, and be out the door on your jog before you can think of excuses to skip the workout!

- Submitted by TURBO-GIRL 6/13/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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Motivation for Working Out

I have a tough time just going to the gym for the sake of going to the gym, so I make sure to sign up for a race or some other contest in order to motivate myself to get to the gym and do my best!

- Submitted by CRAZYCELT87 5/31/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Work out first thing

Work out first thing in the morning. That way, you start your day energized, you can still go out after work, and nothing "comes up" during the day to stop you from doing it! emoticon

- Submitted by EUGENIAINSIGNA 5/30/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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Get a Success Buddy- helps a long distance relationship too!

How this trick helps me to keep motivated in my workouts AND keep my long distance relationship strong!

- Submitted by VIRTUEFIT 5/20/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Breaking up longer routines

As a stay at home mom and generally busy woman around the house, taking 60 minutes or more at a time for workouts is impossible. So I have learned to break my workouts into 20 minute bites at a time. 20 minutes is perfect with at least 8 oz of water right after.

- Submitted by DAISY2203 5/7/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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When It Hurts - Push Through!

When you're working out doing whatever is your routine, don't stop when it starts to hurt. Even tho your legs are burning, your abs have that knot in it, or you feel like you're about to die on that treadmill - PUSH THRU! That uncomfy feeling is your body changing (for the better!) emoticon

- Submitted by HOPE2BSKINNI 5/7/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 10 Comments
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Traveling Workouts

For business (and pleasure) I tend to travel. A LOT. A quick solution for weight training - Instead of carrying around your dumbbells carry around two water bottles instead. A 20oz weighs 2.5 pounds. Bring them empty on the plane and fill them when you get to your destination. Fit in any workout!

- Submitted by KIMBERLYR617 5/4/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Indulge yourself post-workout

Buy nice shower products, body lotions and lounge-pants, so that you can reward yourself with nice things after a workout. That way you'll have positive associations with working out.

- Submitted by ANOUSKAISONLINE 4/28/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Go Hard, till you have those endorphins!

When you work out (and only once you've warmed up), do your least favourite bit of your exercise plan FIRST. You'll have enough energy to get through it, and then you'll have sufficient endorphins to get you through the rest of the work out.

- Submitted by ANOUSKAISONLINE 4/22/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Throw off the duvet!

When your alarm goes off in the morning for an early workout, throw your blanket/duvet/comforter off your body before you have a chance to think about it. That way, when your mind starts to argue to stay in bed, your body will have to get up because otherwise you'll get cold lying where you are.

- Submitted by ANOUSKAISONLINE 4/16/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Exercise while watching TV

It doesn't matter what you do, just MOVE! I say "anything is better than slouching on the couch" for example: I really like jumping, so I do jumping jacks for about 5-10 minute than I move on to a different exercise.

- Submitted by HAPPYCHERRY 4/14/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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