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Just MOVE

So many days I don't feel like exercising. Once I do it I am so happy and feel better. By starting the day with a workout, I already feel successful. I also find that I am more active and more willing to take the stairs or add more movement to housecleaning.

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commercial break

When the commercials come on during your favorite TV show, get up and walk around or run up and down the steps a few times. You will be amazed at how much extra activity that will add to your day.

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SparkPeople Balance Board

To get more out of my daily routine, ie dishes, preparing meals, I use the SparkPeople balance board whenever I can to help tone and strengthen my core and lower. You'll be surprised at how "that little pillow" makes you work and it is very reasonably priced.

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Dance with your kids

My son loves to dance and sing. We've started dancing several times a week, it's great cardio for me. AND since his fave CD right now is Handy Manny that latin beat has me rocking and swinging my hips, great ab and leg workout! It's a great way to get quality time in and work out at the same time...

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Don't Take a Car

I live close to downtown and we have a trolley system. Some days I ride the trolley to where I have to still walk and then I walk back home. Other days I walk there and walk back home either way I get in some exercise outdoors which is good for you healthwise and you geat some sun.

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Play Audio Books While You Walk or Exercise

Love to read but don't have time to do it or not as much time as you would like. Hate to exercise but need to do it. I combine the two and play audiobooks while I walk. This allows me to spend the time I would be reading walking instead.

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Walking...free and great cardio

Walking helps me get my exercise in and helps me feel better. I am trying to add more steps everytime I go shopping. I try ro park farther out and will take my cart back to the cart corral an aisle or so over. I put my shoes on immediately after dinner and go. I try to walk 30-45 minutes.

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exercising

i find that with regular exercise, i am more energetic, less moody and i sleep better at night,too. plus, it helps me to keep off the weight i lost and from gaining any more.

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Schedule it

If I put it on my calendar, it gets done. I know I am always at the gym Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri by 4:30. It is non-negotiable me time. Commit to your good health by scheduling exercise at least 4 times per week.

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Long distance workout buddy

Both my sister and I are trying to lose weight and be healthy, and being 1200 miles away, we miss each other terribly. We each bought a $200 exercise bike from Wal-Mart and wake up 30 minutes earlier every morning to get our special "sister" time while working out together on speaker phone/bluetooth

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