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Doing exercises on unstable surfaces such as exercise balls, balance boards, or BOSUs forces the body to to use more muscles, making the exercise more effective. Try doing crunches, push-ups, and squats on these types of equipment.

If you're not in the routine of exercising regularly but want to start, one of the hardest parts is simply making working out into a habit. Start with 5 minutes a day (lunges, push-ups, crunches). Once this becomes a habit it won't be hard to add time to these workouts.

A few things to keep in mind when choosing a gym or fitness center are looking for one that is close to work or home, with hours that are convenient for you, and that has a variety of activities so that your workout doesn't become monotonous.

Studies have proven that bright colors can give a boost of energy. Keep this in mind when painting the room you use to workout in.

For serious injuries such as strains and sprains remember the acronym R.I.C.E.; it stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Studies have shown those who regularly partake in the habit of eating with their less-dominant hand have been successful with their weight loss goal. Picking up a fork with the other hand tends to slow down the eating process, and thus makes you focus on your meal.

Use heat when treating sore muscles to help relax and loosen the muscle. Use ice when treating injuries such as sprains to help reduce inflammation.

Trying to break in a new pair of ice skates? Use this trick: put them on, lace them up, and use a hair dryer to heat up the leather, this will enable it to mould to you foot. Keep the skates on for at least 30 minutes to allow the leather to cool.

You don't have to WANT to exercise - you just have to DO it. The hardest part is starting, but within a few minutes of beginning your workout you'll feel better, and once you've finished, you'll feel a great sense of accomplishment.

When eating a salad, keep in mind that creamy salad dressings like Ranch and Caesar have 75 calories and 8 grams of fat per tablespoon! Balsamic vinegar has only 15 calories and no fat. Making this small change can save you upwards of 120 calories and 16 grams of fat per salad!

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