Hi everyone! First let me tell you how honored I am to write here on RWS. This blog was one of the things that motivated me to start running! Which reminds me, congratulations Heather on being selected one of Women’s Magazine’s top 12 Favorite Bloggers on the Run. Anyway…
What can be more traditional than making New Year Resolutions? Probably the fact that most people either break them or don’t follow through with them way before January comes to an end. Running was a 2012 resolution that I can say with some pride that I did accomplish so I thought it would be a good idea to share some pointers to help maintain your own fitness resolutions for 2013. Here are some things that helped me a lot:
1) Be specific: Saying you are going to lose weight for example is just too vague. Have a clear number of pounds to lose and a time frame to lose them in. Write those goals on paper and put them in a place you can see them frequently.
2) Be accountable: It is extremely common to make resolutions and not tell people about them. After all, if you don’t do them no harm done right? Well you harm yourself! Tell everyone and have them hold you to your word. Better yet, write a blog about it. That’s what I did. I don’t have official statistics but I’m sure many fitness bloggers will tell you they started blogging to keep themselves accountable. It works. Especially if you alert all your friends and loved ones on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
3) Go slow: Many people set themselves up for failure by trying go from the couch to a professional athlete overnight. You make a resolution to hit the gym and then try to make up for years on inactivity in one visit. The result is you end up in so much pain that you vow to never return. So much for your resolution. There is no shame in taking small steps. If your goal is to run, you could try walking first for example.
4) Make short and long term goals: In my case, my long term goal is to run the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon. Obviously I cannot expect to run that race without doing anything else (see tip #2) so I have set up smaller goals along the way. First, it was to run 2 miles, then run 4. Then it was to run an actual 5K race. By years end, I ran the Castaway Cay 5K. Now, my goal is to run a 10K by the end of February. Small, gradual increases that lead me to my ultimate goal.
5) Make your rewards part of your goals: You read everywhere that you should reward yourself when you accomplish your short and long term goals but why not make it more interesting? Make your fitness activities part of your other interests. In my case, I’m a total Disney freak! When I read they had a whole running and race program it sealed the deal for me. It’s called Run Disney by the way. You can check it out here. Once I found that, my goals became more enticing. Sure, I’m going to run a Marathon, but I’m also going to travel to one of my favorite places on Earth to run it. It also didn’t hurt that to run the Castaway Cay 5K I had to take a Disney cruise either. Goals, Rewards… it’s the same thing!
6) Get online!: Whatever activity interests you from bicycling to hiking, you will have no trouble finding others with your interests on the World Wide Web. There are many places like online forums filled with like minded people who are going through exactly the same thing as you are. Not only that, you are likely to also find more experienced people who would love to answer your questions and help you out. They are further along their journey and are paying it back. Who knows, maybe you will get to help out someone in the future.
I hope these tips will help you keep those elusive resolutions within reach and that you will achieve your goals on 2013.
Thanks so much Frank! Be sure to stop by his blog and say hello!
QOTD: What is your best tip for keeping your fitness resolutions? What is a fitness resolution you have made for 2013?