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How to Get Your Fitness Groove Back

US News & World Report - Health Logo By Anna Medaris Miller of US News & World Report - Health | Slide 1 of 7: Back in the day, you could run a six-minute mile. Last summer, your skinny pants fit. Last month, you meant to get back to the gym, but wound up hibernating instead. First, give yourself a break. Like the seasons, fitness is often cyclical, says Angela Fifer, an executive board member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. “If it becomes a chore and a job, you’re really probably setting yourself up for injury. Your body is telling you something – it’s a good idea to listen to it.” But even when you’re ready to break a sweat again, breaking the momentum of inactivity isn’t easy. Fifer and two other experts are here to help.

Ebbs and flows

Back in the day, you could run a six-minute mile. Last summer, your skinny pants fit. Last month, you meant to get back to the gym, but wound up hibernating instead. First, give yourself a break. Like the seasons, fitness is often cyclical, says Angela Fifer, an executive board member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. “If it becomes a chore and a job, you’re really probably setting yourself up for injury. Your body is telling you something – it’s a good idea to listen to it.” But even when you’re ready to break a sweat again, breaking the momentum of inactivity isn’t easy. Fifer and two other experts are here to help.
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