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When walking gets boring try this:

At 65 my go-to exercise is walking, as it is for many of us. In the "Walk this Way" challenge there are some suggestions for preventing boredom. Let's discuss a few and possibly add some more.

I have various routes measured out from a half mile to about five miles so depending on how far I ...

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Lunch: Pack it at Night

I pack my lunch each night, usually when I'm cleaning up from dinner. That way, when I'm rushed in the morning, I can't forget to make a healthy lunch.

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Be active and entertained and inspired at the same time

Truth be told, I've never been an out-doors-y kind of person.
Sports and exercise have never brought me a joy and satisfaction of their own. So it was easy for me to gain weight over the years.
I have found that I love getting my cardio and my strength t...

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Jump on treadmill between studying

HI, what I try to do take a 2-3 min walk on the treadmill every hour between my studying, for quick study breaks. The same with working. Every hour I'm up for about 2-5 min trying to get my little walks in to boost my energy and get my brain working. If I am just doing reading for school, I will get...

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Careful Cruiseship Choices

I had been looking forward to a long-planned cruise to Alaska. Along with that, I was concerned about maintaining healthy eating habits what the types and amount of food that is constantly available on such a trip. I was pleasantly surprised that this was actually easier than I had thought. Noti...

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A Brand New Exercise - Highly Effective !!!

Focus on your cheek muscles - just above the jaw. Now contract them so that they pull back and upward toward the ears. Contract hard enough so that your lips part slightly and your teeth show. Outstanding. Keep that up.



(Courtesy of J. Hussmann)

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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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Waste

I was always taught to clean my plate so I wouldn't waste food. Then one day my husband asked me why it was less wasteful to use my body as a garbage can for food I didn't want or need. I have never, ever forgotten that. I can leave food I don't need on the plate now. I won't use my body as a garbag...

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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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Vary Your Caloric Intake

Jillian Michaels said on the Biggest Loser to vary your caloric intake: eat on the low end for two days, eat in the middle range for three days, eat on the high end (even going a little over) on two days. This keeps your body guessing. I did this all last week and lost 3.5 lbs!

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