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Fitness Resolutions? Bah, Humbug. Try These Smaller Steps Instead.

Try Something Different Sarah West, above, a trainer at Results Gym on U Street NW, does a modified push-up in midair using a new piece of equipment called the TRX. At left, students in Michael Veltri's aikido class warm up at his dojo on Connecticut Avenue NW.
Try Something Different Sarah West, above, a trainer at Results Gym on U Street NW, does a modified push-up in midair using a new piece of equipment called the TRX. At left, students in Michael Veltri's aikido class warm up at his dojo on Connecticut Avenue NW. (By Lawrence Luk)

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By Howard Schneider
Tuesday, December 25, 2007

With opening presents and eggnog and family visits and eggnog and Christmas caroling with the neighbors and eggnog, the last thing to worry about today is exercise.

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But here's a reason to keep reading: eggnog.

No doubt the effects will linger come the new year, so as a Christmas present I'd like to offer another word, this one about making resolutions: Don't. They are usually so larded with imprecision they don't get out of the starting gate.

Lose weight?

Sure, and will we use the Desert Island Starvation Plan, or the No Pasta Except on Columbus Day Method?

Get stronger?

Why not? But by how much? And how?

Instead, let's think about immediate steps to help those longer-range aspirations.

For the guys: Heave yourself back from the feasting board, stand up straight and touch your toes. Now sit in a chair and try to twist your torso 90 degrees to the left (using a wall as a reference point). Now twist to the other side.

Hmmm.

If you are like a lot of us, the hands came up somewhere short of the shoes, and the shoulders stopped shy of 45 degrees.


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