Updated: February 02, 2012

"Try seeing exercise as freedom, as opposed to obligation."

I came across the above quote by Terry Trespicio as I was reading a magazine and it really spoke to me. I've had a lot going on in my life since this experience with SHAPE began, and the biggest change of all has been fitting in regular exercise. It isn't easy-there are days that the last thing I want to do is work out. But then I hear my Grandma's voice telling me to "take my exercise." She always used to say that because she felt that working out was an essential part of your day-just like taking a vitamin. And the more I read and learn about the health benefits of exercise, I realize how right she was. Whenever I feel like skipping a session, I'm going to think about her and Terry's quote. Exercise is giving me the freedom to live the life I want to live: one that's healthy and full of fun. I've also learned the value of short, efficient workouts. When I think can't fit anything else in I know I can find time for one of these 3 5-minute routines.

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