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Trying

When you can't run, walk

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Shoe lace pedometer

I wear my pedometer on my shoe secured by the shoe laces it actually gives me more of an accurate reading.

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Stability Ball

I use my stability ball as a foot stool when watching TV. I can do leg lifts and roll the ball back and forth. It is a great way to get added exercises in for the legs.

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walking

I love the time to myself, looking at nature and it just makes me feel good.

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Omron Pedometer - Takes a lickin and keeps on tickin!

I love this little gadget! It definitely motivates you to get up and move. I wear it daily (it resets itself at midnight) and every week download the info to my computer so I can see at a glance how I am doing. It went through the washer last week and still works... One tough little gadget!

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Commuting to work by bike

Even though I run, swim, road bike, ski, and walk the dogs for long sessions, I get the major chunk of my exercise doing one thing: commuting back and forth from work on my bike all year--8 minutes one way--4 times a day--once in the morning, back and forth at lunch, back home in the evening.

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Breaking it down

I always try to set the cardio machines to view my segment time rather than total time. High intensity or resistance never seems as bad when I see I only have to do it for 2 minutes before the setting changes.

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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!

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Spice it up!

"Spice it up!" Every movement that I do counts. While I'm brushing my teeth, I do leg lifts. While I watch TV, I do crunches. I try to clean more often now instead of just sitting on the couch. Also, if there are errands to run, I volunteer to do them, just to get out and get moving!

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Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom dancing burns over 500 calories per hour and the hours fly by. Fun, exciting, variety of styles and partners, what's not to like about ballroom dancing?

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