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Published on February 8th, 2013 | by Liz Thompson

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Feelgood Friday Workout Challenge

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We have a good one for you this week!  It may not sound like fun now, but Weekend Workout Challenge is a great way to get you back on track to fitness.  Will you take it with us?

It happens this time every year.  The signs of the workout slack-off of December and January begin to show.

Does this happen to you too?

I’d been feeling so run down, tired, and (I’ll say it) grumpy.  I’d also been feeling like cramming every junky food I could find into my mouth.  They seem to go hand-in-hand – less exercise and less healthy eating habits.

Well, last week when I took the kids to their swim team at our gym, I forced myself to get on the treadmill…and stay on.  It wasn’t easy, but I did it.  And I felt so incredible afterward that I couldn’t believe I’d been dodging it these last several weeks.

Try Something New   It really doesn’t take that long to get used to a new workout.  Sometimes it is as easy as switching things up.  Maybe you are tired of your spin class – look into Zumba.  Lots of people are training for a marathon right now – you don’t have to actually run the marathon to do the training.  Having trouble staying motivated?  Maybe you need a gym buddy.  You meet them there (it is harder to stand up someone else) and then grab a coffee afterward as a treat.  I love coffee after a run, and knowing that I get to have one is big time motivation to get my butt on the treadmill.

Time Crunch   Is time an issue for you when it comes to exercise?  Waking up even earlier or cramming it in at the end of a long day (when all you want to do is relax or sleep) may seem impossible.  Maybe you are a weekend warrior for the time being, going for a jog or hitting the gym on your days off.  You know what they say – no matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch!

Short & Sweet   Last week’s GOOP newsletter included a 15 minute workout by Tracy Anderson.  I’ve been doing this a few times a week and, let me tell you, it may be only 15 minutes but it will get the job done.  If you are not familiar with the Tracy Anderson Method, she is trainer to the stars and does not mess around when it comes to burning flab and toning up.

Are you up for a Weekend Workout Challenge?  That’s it, just one weekend and I promise you will want more.  Get yourself to the gym, get outside in the fresh air, get on YouTube and do the Tracy Anderson 15 minute workout.  Just get moving.  Remember to eat right to gear up for your workout, and don’t over-do-it if you are just starting out or have been on a break.  Can’t wait to hear how it goes…

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