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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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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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Tighten Abs While You Walk

Tighten your Abs while you walk and you will be building core strength. Physical therapist had me do this after I had fusion surgery. You can really feel the strengthening. Just tighten or suck in your belly focusing on the area near your navel while you walk. Works for me!

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Exercise: The triple-whammy

A thirty minute workout is more than a thirty minute workout!

1. You're not consuming any calories during your workout.

2. You're are burning calories during your workout.

3. You will continue to burn more calories in the hour after your workout.

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Lose the All or Nothing Mentality

You don't have to do a zillion sets or exercise for hours. Just do SOMETHING. Having an "all or nothing" mentality will keep you trapped in an on again off again relationship with exercise!

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Pounds and Pressure

For every pound you lose, you take 4 lbs of pressure off from your knees!

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5 minutes

Some mornings I dread a workout. I tell myself I should get dressed and go anyway if I do five minutes it is 5 minutes more than I wanted to. Usually after 5 minutes I am committed to finishing the workout. Sometimes you have to take life 5 minutes at a time.

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Just Do Something!

Everyone has those days where they just don't feel like working out -- and we all can come up with a list of reasons why we should skip the days workout. Instead of talking yourself out of it, just do something. Even if it's just a walk around the block!

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