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Fitness fun for all

I belong to Orange Theory and I go on Monday and Wednesday morning. When you walk in they ask if you want a treadmill or a rowing machine. I always ask for the treadmill. Then you walk into the class. All of Orange Theory is classes so you always have a coach to take care of you. They change up the ...

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Play Pickleball (or any other sport that fits your physical abilities)

I was not raised with sports. But, upon retiring, I discovered pickleball, which is played mainly by older adults. I quickly took to pickleball and began playing several times a week.

Previous to pickleball, exercise was exercise: walking, running, strength training. I could not help but watc...

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Portable Bike Pedals

I set aside a couple of 10 minute sessions per day to pedal out some exercise. I keep the compact device under my desk and enjoy 10 minutes of robust pedaling! While I'm pedaling I think about positive things like the trip I'm planning or the nice hot bath I'll have before bed. I also say a quick pr...

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Stand UP app

This is a free and amazing little app that you can download!

You set how often you want to be reminded to get up over the course of the day, and what days you want it to happen. You are in charge of what time the reminders start, what time they end and at what location the app works. For inst...

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Build Up Walking Time Safely

I find this works well to easily build up walking time and distance. As we all have heard, regular walking will add years to your life span. It is also an exercise most doctors will allow almost any patient to do. It is probably one of the most safest and easiest exercises to do. I recommend buying ...

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Sailing is active and fun

Sailing is both fun and physically challenging. Getting out on the water. The feel of a stiff breeze on your face. The sound of water slapping on the hull of the boat. The trail of disturbed water in the wake of the boat as it slices through the water. The complete dependency on the winds and w...

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Take a Stand

One of the best things that happened in recent years with my career is that I now work from home. I used to have to get up 2 hours before work to prepare and then commute. There was walking, bending, stretching, climbing stairs and getting up and down to talk to people and attend to physical needs...

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Skater Girl Forever

When I started back to Sparkpeople almost 12 months ago I had three rules. 1) I was never going to eat anything I didn't enjoy 2) I was going to have chocolate every dam and 3) I was going to find ways to exercise that felt like play. One and two weren't too difficult. At 50 though 3 met with a surp...

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Dancing to the 70s & 80s

I absolutely HATE structured aerobic exercise, but turn on Music Choice 70s or 80s or any of my own music from those eras, and I can dance the day AND the night away.

In my younger days, my friend Lisa and I would go to dance clubs like Studebakers and never leave the dance flo...

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Schedule multiple workout times

I schedule exercise for 7 days a week. If I were to only schedule 5 days, I would never make 7 - but by scheduling 7, I will most times make 7 and rarely less than 6.

That's the principal behind my scheduling 3 workout times per day. I may not make all 3, but I will rarely skip all 3, so I ...

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