Tips to Stay Fit in the New Year | Fitbie

Your Fittest Year Starts Here!

This customizable new-year-new-you shape-up guide will ensure you make a head-turning comeback—no matter what got you off track

Comeback Conundrum: You were sidelined by injury

People either rush into their former workouts, which puts them at risk for another injury, or are so afraid of getting hurt again they put it off altogether.

Training Tip: After your doctor clears you, scale back your routine by at least 50 percent for two weeks, says exercise physiologist Jonathan Cane. (Or pick our "Out of Shape" routine.) Back off a bit if you begin nursing the area: Favoring a sore spot throws off your form, which can cause new injuries. (Nourish your body back to health with these 15 Superfoods You Should Be Eating.)

Mental Trick: "Challenge those negative, 'poor me' thoughts," says Mantell. "Staying positive may sound like psychobabble, but it really works." And while it's normal to be nervous, you can trust your doctor's orders when he gives you the A-OK, says Trent Petrie, Ph.D., director of the Center for Sport Psychology at the University of North Texas.

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