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Muscle Mondays – Tips for getting in shape – Part 4

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In Parts 1, 2 and 3 of Muscle Mondays, we learned how to make time for exercise, as well as some good exercises that we can do from the comfort of our homes.  For the fourth installment of Muscle Mondays, our resident fitness expert Chris Lopez, also known as Fit and Busy Dad, is going to tell us what we can do to to keep our exercise regime going strong.

Over to you, Chris…

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Muscle Mondays Tip Number 4 – Stop Doing the “Monday Reset”

We’ve all done it before and I’m probably as guilty of this as anyone.  But once I stopped this stupid habit my results went through the roof.  It’s known as “THE GREAT MONDAY RESET”.  Have you ever caught yourself saying, “OK, I’ll start this Monday”?  Maybe you started a great program at the beginning of the week, slipped up on Thursday at lunch with your office buddies and said, “Ah well, I screwed up. I might as well have the rest of the French fries and I’ll start fresh again on Monday and this time I’ll stick to the plan”.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that like getting a flat tire and then saying “Ah well, I’ve got one flat, I may as well go around and slash the other 3 and get them all replaced”!?!

The only way you’re ever going to get anywhere with your efforts to get back in shape is if you acknowledge that you fell off the horse, accept it, and get right back on it!


Chris Lopez is a fitness expert, writer and personal trainer.  He is an occasional contributor to the Globe and Mail, Maximum Fitness and Men’s Fitness Magazines.  He and his wife Rozanne live in Toronto, Canada with their 4 daughters.


Stay tuned for next Monday’s bonus installment of Muscle Mondays, where we will explore the mysteries of cardio training…  thanks Chris!

Please join the jam and share your own ideas on how you stay fit as well, and if you have been guilty of the “Monday Reset” as well!

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