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Walk It Off: Re-Energize Your Routine

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By Anna Rhea

When the Going Gets Tough: Reames offers three tips for sticking to exercise.

1. Rest up. Countless studies show that people who sleep less are more likely to struggle with their weight. They may lack the energy to exercise. Aim for seven to eight hours a night.

2. Acknowledge all progress. Congratulate yourself for losing each pound, being able to tack another push-up onto a set and for any other new milestone you hit, no matter how small.

3. Stay in your own world. Avoid comparing yourself with others, especially people you see on television. Everyone loses weight and gets fit at her own rate.


Minutes: 5
Walk This Way: Warm up. Start out very easy. As your muscles get loose gradually elevate your tempo.
Intensity: 3

Minutes: 5
Walk This Way: Quicken your pace and pump your arms. Your heart will beat faster, you'll start to sweat and your breathing will feel labored.
Intensity: 7

Minutes: 5
Walk This Way: Slow to an easier speed and catch your breath.
Intensity: 5

Minutes: 5
Walk This Way: Walk as fast as you can and pump your arms. Speaking in full sentences should be difficult. Be sure to maintain good posture.
Intensity: 10

Minutes: 5
Walk This Way: Take a minute or two to slow your breathing and heart rate. Then transition into a "squat walk": With your shoulders down and chest up, take steps with your knees bent slightly more than normal. This will help tone your butt, thighs and calves.
Intensity: 5

Minutes: 5
Walk This Way: Crank your speed back up and pump your arms. Toward the end of the 5 minutes, find a curb and complete a set of 10 step-ups with each leg.
Intensity: 7

Minutes: 5
Walk This Way: Walk as quickly as possible. (Don't worry if it's a little slower than your first effort at this intensity—try the best you can.)
Intensity: 10

Minutes: 5
Walk This Way: Stroll leisurely until you catch your breath. Then finish with 2 sets of 10 push-ups (lean on a large tree or bench if you can't complete them on the ground).
Intensity: 2

Intensity: 1. A very slow, easy stroll. 5. Slightly quicker than your typical walking pace. 10. As fast as you can walk steadily for several minutes.

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