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Getting Fit Online: Your Guide To Web Workouts

Has watching nonstop Olympics coverage left you flabby, but eager to get fit? A variety of online workout sites, gaming systems like Nintendo's Wii Fitness -- even Apple's iPhone -- can motivate and whip you into shape.

Olympic athletes can be great motivators for couch spuds who want to get into shape.
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As IT professionals, we all know that sitting in front of the computer all day dealing with the stress of the modern world makes us flabby and weak. And we all know what we have to do to compensate for our sedentary workplace -- diet and exercise.

A plethora of Internet sites, computer programs, devices, DVDs, and videogames purports to put you on the path to perfect fitness. In this article, we examine some of the tools that can make you ripped, cut, and fit -- or at least sweaty and tired.

Get Motivated

First things first: Before you go surfing around the fitness-themed Internet, make sure you're in an accepting state of mind regarding your own physical condition. You're going to see countless images of fit, toned, and healthy-looking individuals who may look nothing like the person in the mirror, and this can be a disturbing experience.

Marketers will play upon your body consciousness and self-image gaps to convince you to do a set of reps with your credit card. If you're not careful, you can end up in worse shape, under a heavier debt load, and inhaling comfort foods to compensate for lost time. So don't beat yourself up about not being in perfect physical condition, and start your fitness journey with a visit to for brief articles about weight neutrality, "health at every size," and body intelligence. Also, check with your doctor before embarking on any new fitness program.

The recent round-the-clock Olympics coverage from NBC (for U.S.-based viewers), featuring live Olympic video (powered by Microsoft Silverlight), athletes' blogs, and mobile content, may have given you extra motivation to get in shape. While cheering on your country's athletic champions in your favorite events from archery to wrestling, perhaps you've been inspired to say, "Hey, I can do that!" It doesn't matter if you can do something at an Olympic level -- it's the act of getting out there and doing something physical that counts.

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