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Best Cardio Ever: 15 Ways to Make It Really Work

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Get results, stay motivated, and sculpt every bit -- just by using these all-new tips on your next walk or run.

Sidestep Excuses

Tune In

Listening to your favorite downloads while you run or walk revs you up in more ways than one: A recent study found that tuning in to fast, upbeat music (think Fergie, the White Stripes, Amy Winehouse, Shakira) when you exercise can boost your endurance by up to 20 percent.

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Treat Yourself

If you have a reward, such as a skim latte, waiting for you at the end of a walk, there's a better chance you'll get out the door. Or give yourself an exercise-related goal with added benefits, like getting in shape for an inn-to-inn walking tour of New England or for a vacation spent hiking volcanoes in Hawaii, suggests Mark Fenton, author of The Complete Guide to Walking.

 
Bring the Kids

Here's where multitasking comes in handy -- plan a weekly walk with your family. You'll burn calories, catch up on what's new, and help your children stay healthy: A recent study at the University of Bristol in England found that 12-year-olds who exercised just 15 minutes a day cut their risk for obesity almost in half.

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