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Sometimes when I'm running on the treadmill or elliptical, I feel like I'll never make it to my calorie-burning goal for the day. So I hop off after I've burned 100 or 200 calories, then go and do my strength training, or get a drink of water, or go to the bathroom...and then I hop back on. Burning 200 calories twice somehow feels less daunting than burning 400 in one go!

- Submitted by ROSALITA323 4/5/2011 in Exercise | 14 Comments
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MILITARYMOMKG 4/6/2011 8:29:00 PM

    I do my elliptical for 10 minutes and them my bike for 10, I drink my water while on the bike and then back to the elliptical for another 10. If I am feeling really good I do 20 minute sets until my hour work out is finished. It sure breaks up the hour. emoticon
LEANMEAN2 6/24/2014 6:30:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
KDSTAP 6/17/2014 11:07:00 AM

    emoticon Great Idea
HYATTI1 6/17/2014 9:31:00 AM

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LOVINGKATE 6/16/2014 11:51:00 AM

    Great idea!!
TISH0125 6/16/2014 8:49:00 AM

    thx for the advice! Just went running (17min(, and doing ST now. After reading your post, I think I'm going to try to run another lap afterwards :) WHOO HOO!
MAMAMOOSE54 6/15/2014 5:47:00 PM

    Great advice-I agree-thanks for sharing! emoticon
BANNERMAN 6/15/2014 2:01:00 AM

    Thanks for sharing.
DJHUMPHREY 6/14/2014 6:55:00 PM

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CHEBBA 6/14/2014 6:50:00 PM

    Yes - I agree! Works for me, too, when my mind doesn't seem to want to will me to do 2-3 miles in one go on the 'dreadmill'!

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KBEHNKE81 6/14/2014 6:02:00 PM

    Sometimes I'll do 10-minutes stretches of cardio broken up by two strength exercises. For example 10 elliptical minutes then 10/15 each of biceps and triceps. 10 minutes elliptical then 10/15 reps each of shoulder press and reverse flys, etc. Breaking it up can make it seem like the time is going faster.
DELLMEL 6/14/2014 9:44:00 AM

    Great
PYNETREE 6/14/2014 7:07:00 AM

    Thanks ...great idea!
VAINVT 6/14/2014 5:55:00 AM

    Good idea. Sometimes hard to do at the gym, but jumping off to go to the bathroom or refill my water bottle might work....

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