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put on the clothes

sometimes i don't feel like working out. i have to get into my workout clothes, then work out, shower, change...there are so many steps. if i think about them, it can seem like too much work. but, if i just look at the first step and get dressed, the rest just follows and i know i'll do it.

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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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Turn TV Time Into a Workout

If I feel like watching TV, which isn't often anymore, I turn it into a work out. I have two different ways to do this:

The first is to make a game out of the show, assigning an exercise and number of reps to a common occurrence in the show. For example, during the Big Bang Theory, every tim...

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Secret to More Movement

My secret to more movement is JUST DO IT!

While I sit at the computer reading the multitude of articles, watching videos, and reading the various blogs, I keep my body in motion. I try not to spend more than an hour at the computer. So, I set the timer for 15 minutes. For every 15 minutes I...

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imagine hearing motivating melody to initiate fitness activities

In the morning before breakfast I exercise using fitness videos. While initially I had difficulty doing a few minutes at the beginning level, in six months I have progressed to 30 minutes, usually at intermediate level. More importantly, in these six months I have noticed substantial changes in my...

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Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

After 60 years of struggling to get the shells off of hard to peel hard- boiled eggs, I finally found a simple fool- proof solution to the problem. No special appliances are needed. You Simply place the eggs in any steamer you have over boiling water for 15 minutes. Remove the eggs from the heat...

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Walking Cardio Push

It can be challenging, even in the most beautiful walking scenery, to enhance the experience by doing something more than just moving faster.
Adding some planned "push" to the cardio workout is all fine and good.
Adding some random "push" to the cardio is great.
During walks with my exe...

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I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired

This is what my clients say all the time... and I truly relate... I do great for a week and mess it up the two weeks following. I have too much to focus on and too many reasons to lose weight, get fit, and be healthy... I don't get why I can't just stay motivated and stop "falling". Ugh. I've worked...

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Move more strategies

One of the best ways I find to move more is to use my 15 minute breaks at work and sometimes my lunch to get moving! This could be a walk around the block, around the building or up the stairs and back. At lunch it might be a class at the nearby gym, a walk to get some vitamin D or a short bike ri...

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Smile & Wave

While I have tended to be optimistic, my optimism sometimes gets weighed down by the stress in my life.

Getting that positive outlook back can be challenging at times. I found a couple of simple tools that help me find my sunny side when it has slipped.

I smile and wave. Sounds silly...

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