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Living in a Vertical Landscape

Living in a landscape that is as vertical as it is horizontal, walking to the post office gets the heart rate up.
It is only two and a half blocks to the post office from my house. It is also an elevation gain of almost one hundred vertical feet.
The first block is relatively flat and makes ...

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Swimming for Health

Going for a swim gets me back on track. Since it is probably the exercise I enjoy most, I don't have to push myself as hard to go for a swim as I would for other exercises.

When I feel bad, a swim gives me energy. It is more like playing than working out. If I were to make a recommendation...

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Turn TV Time Into a Workout

If I feel like watching TV, which isn't often anymore, I turn it into a work out. I have two different ways to do this:

The first is to make a game out of the show, assigning an exercise and number of reps to a common occurrence in the show. For example, during the Big Bang Theory, every tim...

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Secret to More Movement

My secret to more movement is JUST DO IT!

While I sit at the computer reading the multitude of articles, watching videos, and reading the various blogs, I keep my body in motion. I try not to spend more than an hour at the computer. So, I set the timer for 15 minutes. For every 15 minutes I...

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imagine hearing motivating melody to initiate fitness activities

In the morning before breakfast I exercise using fitness videos. While initially I had difficulty doing a few minutes at the beginning level, in six months I have progressed to 30 minutes, usually at intermediate level. More importantly, in these six months I have noticed substantial changes in my...

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Walking Cardio Push

It can be challenging, even in the most beautiful walking scenery, to enhance the experience by doing something more than just moving faster.
Adding some planned "push" to the cardio workout is all fine and good.
Adding some random "push" to the cardio is great.
During walks with my exe...

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Move more strategies

One of the best ways I find to move more is to use my 15 minute breaks at work and sometimes my lunch to get moving! This could be a walk around the block, around the building or up the stairs and back. At lunch it might be a class at the nearby gym, a walk to get some vitamin D or a short bike ri...

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Mantras: Just 10 minutes & I always feel better after....

When I don't want to workout, I'm too tired, had a real bad day or I'm lacking motivation....I struggle with working out. I have found that, like so many people, I have that internal struggle and conflict
that I don't want to workout but I want to be healthy.
Talking myself into working out...

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When walking gets boring try this:

At 65 my go-to exercise is walking, as it is for many of us. In the "Walk this Way" challenge there are some suggestions for preventing boredom. Let's discuss a few and possibly add some more.

I have various routes measured out from a half mile to about five miles so depending on how far I ...

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I'm Loving Fitbit Coach

If you have a fitbit, I can't recommend the fitbit coach enough. It's an app that charges $36 a year for the top teir. It's the best money I've ever spent in my fitness journey.

I am not a fan of the gym. Mostly this is because I live in a very rural area and our choices for gyms are awful. W...

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