The Inauguration of YOU. Refine and achieve ANY resolution.

I'm barely into the second week of 2009, and my New Year's resolutions are already as dusty as the 2008 calendar still hanging on the wall. What's the problem? As a personal trainer, I should have this resolution thing down by now!

THE PROBLEM DEFINED

For the last several years, and with the best of intentions, I have listed my goals for the upcoming year.

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No Time To Workout? Not On My Watch! Interval and Circuit Training to the Rescue.

If you are like me, getting in a good workout is like lubricating a joint or oiling a hinge: it's necessary and it makes everything else around it work that much better.

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The AMT Annual Gift Guide. Our Top Ten Ideas for Everyone on Your List.

Last year right about this time, we highlighted three favorite products--products we use and love. In fact, the milk frother still tops Carolyn's list and I've dropped a hint for the watch! Oh, and the traveling yoga mat (below) is now on my wish list...hint hint!.

So if you are still in search of a gift, consider the Athletic-Minded Traveler Team's top 10 picks.

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Brussels South (Midi/Zuid) Railway Station

We're in the midst of prepping our Brussels city content for the site and I thought I'd post a quick tip for train-riding tourists to this town:

Free train ride
I stayed in a hotel on the south side of Brussels and hopped aboard a train that took me to Brussels Central (Bruxelles Centraal) station--about a 5-minute ride. Inside the large Brussels South (Midi/Zuid) terminal, television screens showing route details hang from the ceiling at the bottom of escalators that zip riders up to separate platforms.

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Roll Away Your Muscle Pain

Do your joints and muscles crave attention at the end of a hard week of training and/or challenging work?

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Special K cereal - Cure for Restless Leg Syndrome and More?

Over the past few years (and after thousands of bike and run miles), I've battled with a mild case of Restless Leg Syndrome. Typically for me, it presents at night, when I'm in bed and just dozing off. Suddenly, this difficult to describe tingling/spasm feeling pierces my leg around the knee causing a jerky, unconscious reflex of my entire leg. Only my right leg is affected.

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Pump Up The Jams (And Your Workout!)

Looking for another way to boost your current exercise regime? Bust out your MP3 player (and if you don't have one, get one!) and watch your sessions improve dramatically.

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Healthy Halloween

As a kid, the days approaching Halloween evoked images of large candy buckets, clever costumes and of course the mini versions of my favorite sugary delights, packaged special for the festive event.

Inevitably there was one well-intentioned house on the block

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I learn something new each time I travel

You'd think that given the amount we (as The Team) travel, that we'd have things pretty much figured out, and there wouldn't be any surprises.

Think again.

1. Don't bring ice packs -- unless it's for medicine or breast milk

On our last trip to Chicago, we traveled as a family -- meaning our 2 year old was in tow. For the 4 hour plane ride I packed a cold case with her lunch and snacks, and to keep it all fresh I also included 2 ice packs. That was a no-no. Both ice packs were confiscated.

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Quick tip for staying healthy and maximizing your dollar

We are passionate about health and fitness, and when we find something we really like or that is exceptionally useful, we pass it along. A while back I wrote into our local paper (San Diego Union Tribune), about eating well and a made a suggestion for getting the most bang for your buck.

This past week it was in our paper, so here it is:

Union-Tribune reader Erin Kaese of San Diego says it's ?a big mistake to think that exercise is the cure all.

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