Christmas and Exercise Don’t Mix

First off, Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate it. I know I do. We opened presents this morning and I am the lucky recipient of an autographed Chad Pennington, New York Jets football jersey. Here’s to hoping he remains on the Jets next year. The only time I can recall exercising during Christmas is back in high school, during my football playing days. That’s when I craved exercise like a fat kid craving a double fudge chocolate cake.

That fire I once possessed has died done a bit, but not completely. It has slowly been rekindling over the past few months. All of which still doesn’t help me with wanting to workout today. I think I’m going to just take the day off and relax. Although, I’m heading over to a barbecue and may partake in some backyard ball games. Barbecue you ask? In Winter? Well, it’s about 75 degrees outside and it’s Florida. So that explains it. That will be the only exercise I do today, if at all.


I don’t think any public gyms, i.e. Bally’s Total Fitness, Equinox, Crunch, 24 Hour Fitness, are open today. Most folks just take the day to spend it with their families and friends. I suggest you do the same and enjoy it. Today is the third of the 4 Big Holidays, but it’s turning out to be a manageable one. No major eating binges!

Once again, Merry Christmas and be safe!

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My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. Debo HoboNo Gravatar says:

    Holidays are hard to get away and do some sort of exercise. I was going to either bike ride or walk yesterday but after the wine started flowing so much for that idea. I doubled up on my walking Christmas eve (17k steps) and I’ll have to do the same today.

  2. Debo HoboNo Gravatar says:

    P.S. I used to live in Orlando. I really loved Christmas there all except the year of the big freeze in 1989 or 1990. Hope the BBQ was tasty:)

  3. Blaine MooreNo Gravatar says:

    I actually got away for an 8 mile tempo run up to a castle in Connecticut. It was some tough work climbing up (2300 feet total elevation gain – 950 feet above sea level highest elevation) but I was able to see Long Island Sound from the top so it was fun. Coming down was interesting; there were points where I was moving along at 4:13 pace. It was a bit steep.

    I didn’t do any real drinking before the run, though. All I had a few mamosas an hour or two before hand.

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