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Workout at your Desk

Working out at my desk keeps me alert and gets in my activity minutes. I keep it to 10 to 15 minutes. The spark videos are great.

- Submitted by 2901BZTX 2/4/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Choose a workout that you love

I know this sounds obvious, but what works for me is doing a workout I love. I have a friend who hates running but does it all the time - it's awful for her. I recently started practicing Tae Kwon Do for the first time ever at the age of almost 30, and I absolutely love it. Not to mention, it's empowering to know I can defend myself if I have to do so. I look forward to those intense, grueling workouts several times a week - I almost never miss a workout. emoticon

- Submitted by SESQUIVA 6/6/2013 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Use a Fitness Program for Free!

When I began exercising, there were so many programs I wanted to try! We'd go broke purchasing every single workout DVD out there, right? So, instead of buying them, I get them free on YouTube. Although not every program is there, you can find several popular ones including: Zumba, Leslie Sansone, Denise Austin, Tae-Bo, P90X, The Tracy Anderson Method, Insanity... You can also do what I did, create a personalized playlist of the videos you like best for a customized, FREE workout!
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- Submitted by RAYNA_HERRAYA 5/9/2013 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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The "ALARM" sounds!!!

Setting my alarm 3 times a day to workout!! emoticon

- Submitted by HAPINANA 10/14/2012 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Double duty

I love keeping my workout shorts/ shoes whatever on after a morning workout while I clean house, reminds me I can burn extra calories while getting my house clean a little bit faster emoticon

- Submitted by ELLENOR9 10/8/2012 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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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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Bring a friend!

Have a exercise buddy who can keep you honest about your workouts.
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I know that if I don't show up to the pool, my friend can't swim due to pool rules, so it makes me accountable.

- Submitted by ELLIE09 4/20/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Motivation to exercise

I've found the best time to decide if I'm going to exercise is about 20 minutes into a routine! When I don't feel like getting started, I have a good, firm talk with myself, and head out (or start the DVD). Sure enough, in 15 or 20 minutes, I'm feeling great and wanting to continue!

- Submitted by JUSFOLK 4/10/2011 in Exercise | 33 Comments
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Avoid that 2pm feeling- without an energy drink!

I've found that by taking my B-vitamin supplement around 11am with my midmorning snack helps me avoid that "2pm crash" that usually hits after I've worked out the same morning. No caffeine, no energy drinks!

- Submitted by ZEPHANIA 2/25/2011 in Staying Positive | 2 Comments
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Snack Buster

When I find myself reaching for an unplanned snack, I sneak in 10 minutes of cardio (even if it's just a brisk walk up & down my hallway). By the end of it, I usually don't want the snack, and I've boosted my calorie burn for the day.

- Submitted by WRITERGIRLMEL 2/22/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Notepad in my Gym Bag

I always keep a little notepad and pen in my gym bag, not only to jot down how many minutes I spent on cardio equipment and what weights I did, but also whether I had any pain issues, found some exercise unusually difficult, discovered a cool new way to use the balance ball, etcetera. That helps me transfer stuff to SP later, because my memory isn't what it used to be! :)

- Submitted by PUFFPASTRY 11/11/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Successful Workouts !!!

The secret of successful workouts is to have a variety of DVD's to choose from and rotate through to keep the muscles confused and your brain motivated. Treat yourself to lots of DVD's not only for variety, also as a reward. emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by TIME2BLOOM4ME 8/15/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Nordic Walking Sticks

I like the change up in my regular walking routine that's been added by grabbing a pair of Nordic Walking Sticks; you can tell right away a new dimension has been added to the calorie burn!

- Submitted by MARINAK3 8/1/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Schedule!

Each week I write down a weekly schedule hanging on a dry erase board next to my couch (so on my lazy days I know its staring right at me). I write down all the things I have to do (like work and appointments) and schedule all my workouts, including the times.

- Submitted by SEIBLESS 6/13/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Design your own boot-camp workout

Design a few circuits of intense exercise moves like jumping jacks, high-knees, running in place, jump lunges, plyo squats, running stairs, boxing punches or whatever you like. Repeat circuits as needed. Only about 15 minutes day a you will feel great.

- Submitted by KSTYLEFITNESS 5/27/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Plan for the workout!

Get up, get dressed in your workout gear and go for it. Make it a habit just like morning coffee!

- Submitted by LIBRA73 5/15/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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Water......

Freeze plastic bottles filled not quite full with water.

- Submitted by LEMALONE1960 4/16/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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I work out just to work out

I learned to be one with the exercise (LOL). I go to the gym just to hang out and I always end up in somebody's class. I've tried all kinds of things ... zumba, spin, water aerobics, weight lifting, treadmills, ellipticals, and Tae Kwondo. I can't wait to try belly dancing! It's the newest class.

- Submitted by PMWIGGI 4/15/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Get music that keeps you MOTIVATED!

There are times you just don't feel like working out, but crank up some up beat music and feel the energy! It's the same when your heading to workout or during your workout. Put on something that really gets your blood pumping and give it your all, I do.

- Submitted by TRAINER_T 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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