Many of us will have made New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, drink less alcohol, run more, stretch more (!) and make positive improvements to our lifestyles. Unfortunately and from past experience we all know few resolutions last past January! With another New Year upon us, we’ve gathered some tips from other runners on how they have stuck to the task and made longer lasting improvements,
Research suggests that it often takes six months to form a new habit, so perseverance is needed, and it’s important to have achievable goals.
Pick a goal or resolution that works for your lifestyle. Attainable targets are more likely to be achieved.
Small changes are easier to achieve so split bigger ambitions into more manageable chunks.
Visualise and Track Progress
Write your resolutions down and put in a visible place such as your fridge door or on your desk at work. This will help to keep them in mind as the days and weeks go by.
When you achieve resolutions tick them off. This is a great way to maintain your motivation as you see your progress in black and white.
Focus on Tactics
Tactics are the details of how we will achieve our goals. For example, if you want to lose five kilograms, the tactics might be to reduce portion sizes, eliminate fizzy drinks from your diet, and eat more fruit.
A treat every once in a while is good for us and helps to motivate us on the tough days. Reward yourself for your success and plan in incentives for making positive changes. Treat yourself to the cinema or even a new pair of running trainers!
If you can’t make an evening run go the following morning instead, and cut the distance or time if need be. By missing the run altogether you’re more likely to give up on your resolution completely.
Setbacks are part and parcel of life and it’s important to remember that minor slip-ups occur to everyone and it’s no a reason to give up. Remember how far you’ve come and don’t dwell on the setback.
Make resolutions with a group of friends such as attending a weekly spin class. That way you can maintain motivation levels and share tips and support.
If you want to have some realistic goals for the months and year ahead, but not sure where to start, we’ve made some suggestions for running based new year resolutions.
Run More Frequently
To put it simply the more you run the better you become, providing you do it sensibly and progressively. Check out one of our plans for more advice on adding more runs to your schedule.
Improve Your Diet
This doesn’t necessarily mean losing weight, it’s more about improving your diet to energise and help you recover in order to get the best out of your training schedule.
Run Your First Race
Check out the Great Run event list and pick a suitable race based on your current fitness levels. Research shows once you have entered an event it keeps motivation levels high and you’re more likely to achieve your goals. Why not find a race a bit further from home and make a weekend of it.
Find Running Friends
Find a local running group or take part in a FREE Great Run Local event if one is accessible for you. They are perfect events for meeting like-minded individuals starting out on their fitness journeys.
Taken part in a number of Great Run Local Events? Want to give something back to the sport? Why not volunteer as a course marshal or assist at another local event.
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