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Packing your workout in a suitcase

Need a workout while you travel? Pack a stretch (fitness) band. It does not weigh much or take up lots of space and can replace heavy weights. Check online for specific exercises!

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Use a pedometer!

I purchased a rather inexpensive one at Walmart. I was surprised how many calories I burned by the end of the day. Moreover, I WANTED to walk more because the proof was in the numbers! So, ya get more motivated. I even walked during breaks at work.

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recumbent biking and posture

When I am on my recumbent bike, I work hard at pressing my shoulders back as I am pedaling to work on improving my posture. It feels really great!

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Keeping me exercising

The way I keep myself exercising every night is I download a audio book onto my mp3 player and listen to the story. I get so involved in the story that I want to exercise and forget how long I have been exercising. In order to find out what happens next in the book I have to go and exercise.

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Eliptical Vs. Stationary Bike

Check how many calories you burn on different equipment. You might move to the elliptical and up those calories burned in the same time.

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stairs

taking the stairs where ever i go

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One Minute Yoga

Resistant to starting exercise, I used the OMY team to get me going. I knew that keeping a small promise (just one minute) would start me moving again and it really did!!

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Wii "Just Dance"

I tried this out the other day and I am addicted! You do real dance moves to fun music (current and older). I danced for 10 songs (took about 30-40) and I burned 325 cal according to my HRM. It didn't feel like exercise!

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Gym bag packed

Always keep a gym bag packed in your car. You never know when plans fall through or you get an unexpected schedule change. Hit the gym!

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