Getting Motivated to Get Back in Shape, Part One

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Knowing how many of us are struggling to get ourselves in the right mindset to work out and get fit after a long winter of hibernation, I’m happy to welcome guest fitness expert Mike D’Angelo into the fold. Mike is an award-winning personal trainer and a certified expert in sports medicine; he trains some of Boston’s biggest names, and is himself an internationally ranked bodybuilder. One of his biggest specialties, though, is in motivating his clients to work out and feel as healthy as they can. Here’s his first contribution to our site:

It’s tough after so many cold months to get yourself excited to get up and move again, and get back into the shape you want to be in for spring and summer. We’ve all been there! You feel like this hole that you can’t get out of, and that it’s going to be a ton of work to get back to where you once were. But the fact is, if you’ve done it before, you’ve already laid critical groundwork.

The truth is, if you’ve done it before, you can do it again. Sure, you’ll need to ease into it a bit, but that takes no time. You can pick the ball back up again and make a whole lot more progress a lot quicker. Here’s why: body fat can come and go in a couple of weeks.  Muscles take a bit longer to detrain. It takes even longer for tendons and ligaments to respond.  But the flip side is that while people put on fat relatively quickly, strength and conditioning takes longer to disappear. And even when it does disappear, the tendons and ligaments actually stayed relatively intact.

The brain is a pretty incredible organ it. It remembers neurological pathways to muscle that you forged before. It’s even said that muscle has memory, which is why it’s so easy to get back to where you once were in relatively short time. Keep in mind that for the strength training process, you’re not only strengthening muscles. You’re also strengthening infrastructure like tendons and ligaments in building joint integrity. (And your brain!)

Facts like that become evident even just the first time you start working out again. Try it just once in the next few days, and you’ll see what I mean. Even just a short workout can quickly resets the one thing you’ve really lost: your go-get-‘em attitude!

Mike D’Angelo’s website for personal fitness training is bodyevolver.com.