Whether it's a New Year's resolution or something begins immediately after this week's Super Bowl festivities end, getting in shape is a goal that many people set for themselves.
J.J. Watt, who spent the last several months rehabbing from back surgery, is also back to his normal offseason workouts. For even the most seasoned gym-goer, Watt's routine is as long as it is impressive.
"I wake up at 6 a.m., eat breakfast, go to the stadium, and it's a full workout from a long warmup to a very, very long core session in there," Watt said Wednesday. "Then it's the weight room training for a huge chunk of time. I take a 10-minute break to refuel and then I go out to the field for probably an hour and a half, so it's about a five-hour block there."
After five hours of working out, Watt does go home to refuel and reward himself. It's not with a burger and fries, though.
"I take a nap for an hour which is probably the best part of the day to be honest and then the rest of my day is business stuff or family and friends."
Watt has been cleared from rehab and says he plans to work hard, but also "work smart." The core work is designed to not only strengthen his midsection, but to also protect his back moving forward.
The three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year has several months until the Texans begin organized team activities in April. Watt is optimistic that he will be ready.
"I don't see any reason why not," Watt said. "I'm fully cleared for football activities and everything. I'm sure I'll be on some sort of a limited basis out there just to be smart."
J.J. Watt--from his time as a Texan back to his Wisconsin Badger days--is featured here in photos.