With the one month mark of your new year’s fitness resolutions approaching, now is the perfect time to celebrate your achievements so far and start to think about how you can keep reaping the rewards going forward. Here are a few of our tips for making sure your resolutions go the distance…
- Don’t expect results too quickly:
Whether your aims are weight loss, endurance or stength, it’s easy to become disheartened when things aren’t going as planned. It could be that a little more patience is required, or you might want to seize the opportunity to shake up your routine and try something new – if you’re in it for the long haul, sustainability is key!
- Take steps to avoid injury:
It’s easy to push just that little bit harder when you’ve got goals to hit, but sometimes pushing yourself too much can cause injuries that set you back. To give yourself every possible chance of avoiding injury, there are a few things you can do keep yourself fighting fit, like having a gait analysis when purchasing new running shoes, wearing blister-proof socks, foam rolling and stretching after exercise and, of course, listening to your body if it’s had enough.
- Create a plan:
Setting clear goals and creating a plan to get there is a great motivator as you can hold yourself accountable. Okay, so you might not stick to the plan EVERY day, but it gives you something to strive for and clear measures of success.
- Make it social:
Bringing a friend along or exercising as part of a group is a great way to keep yourself on track. If you can find like-minded people, you can share your successes and failures together and they’re a wealth of information. If you want to give group running a go, Rushmere Community Runners is a growing group of local people who are passionate about encouraging each other – it’s free, you get rewards for the runs you complete and they cater to all levels. If you’re interested in joining, you can find all the information here!
- Don’t dwell on setbacks:
Some days are good, some days are bad, but the worst thing you can do is let the bad days hamper your progress – move past it and start afresh tomorrow.
- Don’t use others to measure your success:
It’s all to easy to look at those around you and wish for their kind of progress, but always bare in mind that so many things affect fitness – age, gender, experience, genetics.. the list goes on! The only person you should compare yourself to is yourself (and even then you’re different to how you were 10 weeks, 10 months or even 10 years ago!).