Are you still feeling the effects of a happy holiday? After a brief hiatus, I’m back on the fitness blog scene and am happy to report that this past month was spent resting, relaxing, and enjoying the time away. Still, even I know that too much fun can mean a lot more work to help you accomplish your fitness goals. That being said, rather than regret the time I could certainly have spent working out this past month, I’m looking forward to hitting the gym with new-found determination. Here’s why:

1. 2013 is so yesteryear
Technically, it may have only been a week since the ball dropped, but it’s a good trick to think of last year as a whole as completely passé. It’s …

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How do you get motivated after a long stretch spent off the clock? As I write this, I’m reflecting on my own return from a few weeks off the blog scene. Getting back in the groove, whether it be writing or running, is always a difficult thing. Given that I’ve taken some time off myself, I thought I’d share some reflections on motivation, getting back in the saddle, and what really gets me back in gear despite the odds.

And the beat goes on…

When it comes to fitness motivation, maintaining the status quo can be a good thing, provided what you’re aiming for is regularly physical activity. Consistency, if it’s applied to long periods of time off, is less productive. As you’ll appreciate, it …

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Are you making the right moves? While I like to think of the fitness journey as something that constantly evolves, there are a few basic guidelines to help you along in your quest. Beyond the so-called “Universal Truths” of fitness—move more and be mindful of your mouth—don’t forget to keep your fitness outlook in check as well.

1. Do take responsibility for your fitness
It seems pretty straightforward, but know that actions have consequences, especially where your body’s concerned. A cookie here and there is probably not going to super-size you, but depending on the rest of your diet and the frequency of your sugary snacking, your waistline could certainly suffer. Beyond the obvious though, taking responsibility for your fitness means putting the onus on …

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Having a tough time getting fit after Frosh? Student life is an interesting time, especially for noobs. Suddenly, you’re in charge of the kitchen (among other things), and if you haven’t had prior experience slaving over a hot stove, you’re in for a total surprise—managing your own meals can certainly be a challenge. Making it like mom did takes practice and know-how, and who really has time for that when there are keggers afoot. Still, proper eating when you’re on your own and away from home need not be overly complicated. Take note of how you can simplify your meal plan so that your fitness life doesn’t suffer.

1. Aim for one homemade meal a day
Things can get hectic as a student, and, …

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Who’s got time to fight the Freshman Fifteen? When you’re ready to hit the books, going the gym is often the last thing from your mind. Earlier, I posted some time-management tips for students to help get the college-bound organized and able to stay fit while away from home. This time, we’ll revisit some of those key principles with the idea of making good time for fun, fitness, and friends, no matter what college life brings.

1. Make good use of your peak hours
In my earlier post, I elaborated on finding your peak hours and capitalizing on this time to ensure that you are productive with both your studies and your efforts in the gym. Get the important school stuff done when you’re …

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