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Getting Back on the Fitness Freight Train ... or Staying on During the Holiday

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After a long weekend of too much goodness (whatever that is for you), sometimes you feel like you want to go to the gym and open up a big can of whoop ass. You get there and kill a hard workout to start the week off right.


Other times you know you should reach for the can opener, but have no desire.


So, here’s my advice to getting back on the wagon: DO WHAT YOU LOVE. Your body is familiar with the routine, and it will be easy to get through the lack of motivation. If you’re an elliptical junkie, jump on. Hit up your favorite class. Once you get through the first hour, then you can start your real workout.


Now you’re thinking to yourself, “my real workout, wasn’t that enough?!” And the answer is usually yes. But if you’re looking to truly turn over a new leaf, you need a little bit more.


So now you take a little rest. Grab a set of three or five pound weights, turn up your iPod, and get your arms in gear. Press ups, curls, punches. Burn it out until your shoulders can’t take any more. This really should take about ten minutes.


Then, it’s time to go for round two. Back on the elliptical, start another class, jog the tredmill. Your body will actually be ready to go now. I suggest taking a class so you have a little guidance and commitment to another forty-five minutes of work.


Here’s what I do:


  • 45 minutes spin
  • 10 minutes light arm weights
  • 45 minutes of spin


You’ll leave the gym feeling like a champ. Your craving for pizza has morphed into a urge for chicken and broccoli. As for sugar, you’re not going to do that to yourself after you worked so hard … at least on the first night.


Hope this helps!

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