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Getting Rid of Invasive Species

Just doing exercise has not been a motivator, but I discovered a good workout by finding and getting rid of invasive species. Not only does the exercise help me but the activity helps the environment. For example in the midwest, there are invasive honeysuckle and Russian olive. Whack it, dig it ...

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Get Extra Steps

I used to sit on the couch as I folded my towels and/or clothes and watch TV. I'd wait until I was finished folding everything and there was a commercial, then take big piles to their places to put them away. I would usually be watching a one hour show and take at least one full show to complete t...

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Exercising at your desk

As many of you do, I sit at a desk all day. And as many know this can severely limit the amount of steps you take during the day. Sometimes I would go home at night and realize I only had 3,500 steps for an 8 hour period. As my belly expanded and my knees ached after a full day at the desk, I rea...

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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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