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Have a Dog? Do this to ensure you get your walk in.

Tell the dog "let's go for a walk!" If he's like mine, he'll sit there and dutifully remind you to go until you snap that leash on. I did this last night, he sat and stared at me. Every time I got up, he got excited. So to please my dog, we went for a walk. BTW, he even knows what later means.

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Park further away

People are always rushing to get the closest parking spot to the building. WHY? Some times you know you have no where else to be. Just park further away, especially if you have groceries to take to the car. You'd be surprised with how much calories you'll burn and steps you've taken.

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Pack your gym bag the night before

Morning time is always rush hour at home and so I always pack my gym bag the night before and keep it in the car too lest I forget! This way I am ready for exercise

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Make it Fun!

Rather than worrying, "How will I ever make time to exercise?", I find as many chances as I can to squeeze exercise into my day. 1-legged squats while waiting for my dog as he sniffs on walks, leg extensions while sitting at my desk. Chasing the dog while cleaning the house. Fun!

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I love to watch Supernatural but....

the only way i allow myself to watch my favorite show during the day is if I'm on the exercise bike. I have to pedal through commercials and all, good thing is TBS show two episodes so I get a double workout when time allows. I'm done before lunch and I feel great the rest of the day.

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Mall Walking

I just signed up for mall walking 3 times a week. I never thought I'd do this but now that the temp is in the 80's and it's going to start getting humid (S. Fla) this will be one way to make sure that I get my hour of walking at least 3 times a week. Looking forward to meeting new people too!

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getting my exercises in every day

I try to get in at least an hour of exercise everyday.I split it up into 15 minutes intervals so that I dont get sore.It works great for me.Im down 80 lbs.

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Have a goal

Sign up for a 2K or 5K walk or run. That way you have a specific date as a goal - it'll help you stick to your exercise plan.

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exercise

Calories in, Calories out

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Fitting in Fitness

I keep resistance bands, light hand weights, and a balance board in my office. Whenever my job starts to stress me or I have a few minutes to fill, I utilize one of these items.

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