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Monday Motivation 3/20/2006

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It's another Monday...what does that mean?  A brand-new week lies ahead, full of so much potential!  If you're like 99% of the population, you have that "i'll get back on track on Monday" mentality when it comes to exercise.  It's so easy to "fall off the wagon" as the week goes on.  Things come up and life seems to have a way of becoming the biggest threat to your routine.  It's easy to make excuses and say "i'll pick back up next week."  The problem with this way of thinking is that it can become a habit, in turn botching your best efforts for weight loss, improved fitness, and better health!
 
Staying on track isn't easy for anyone.  Sure, there are some of us who may make it seem that way, but it all boils down to your perspective.  When you view your exercise routine as a necessity, not a hassle or punishment (God forbid, lol), it can be easier to fit it into your daily routine.  I am a big believer in consistency, as I have found it to be the most important factor in the success of most of my clients.  Obstacles are inevitable.  That's life.  What matters is how you view those obstacles.  I look at them as opportunities.  I love being forced to get a little creative with a client's program, find out what will maximize their results in the least amount of time, and show them they can do more than they expected.  Yesterday you may have looked at your schedule and thought that everything was on target for today...no snags & plenty of time to fit in a workout.  We all know that can change.  Now you may be forced to forgo working out because of work- or family-related errands.  Your hour-and-a-half long workout time has been reduced to 20 minutes.  What are you gonna do with 20 minutes?  You might as well just not do anything, right?  WRONG! 
 
Some of my best workouts have lasted only 20 minutes.  You don't even need much in terms of equipment to get a great workout.  If you have ever trained with me, you know that I am a big believer in bodyweight training.  There are exercises you can perform with your bodyweight and a stability ball that will have you wondering how something so simple can be so effective!
 
Here are 4 movements that I LOVE!
 
1.  Single-Leg Opposite Arm Reach
2.  Drop Lunges
3.  T-Stabilization Incline Pushups
4.  Stability Ball Knee Tucks