How to Keep Those Running Resolutions

7 01 2016

It’s a new year, and you’ve committed to making some healthy lifestyle changes. You’ve decided to take up running and walking, but how do you stay on track?

Set Goals

Do you want to be able to run a 5k? Walk for 30 minutes? Run a marathon? Determine what your goal is and work toward that goal. Also make sure your goal is reasonable and manageable for your current fitness level. It may take some time, but as long as you have a clear idea of where you want to be and slowly work toward getting there, you’ll achieve your goal, no matter what it it is. When you achieve it, set another milestone to keep you moving forward. Having specific goals to work for makes it easier to take the small steps to get there.

Create a Plan

Find a plan to help you reach your goals, and stick to the plan. There are many Couch to 5K programs available online and through mobile apps as well as local running groups and training programs to join.  Check out MemphisRunners.com to find a local group to join or come to one of Fleet Feet’s free weekly runs. You want to adhere to a plan in order to avoid injury and burnout.

Find a Friend

Grab a friend to join you on you running/walking journey! Having someone to hold you accountable will help with keeping your resolution. It will also make your workouts more fun and enjoyable and help the time go by more quickly. Knowing you are meeting someone at a specific time on certain days of the week will be a great help to making your New Year’s resolution stick for the long haul.

Make it a Habit

The first few weeks are going to be the hardest. Excuses start to creep in. “It’s cold.” “I’m busy.” If you can maintain consistency through the first few weeks, it will be much easier to stay on track. Once you’ve developed a habit, you won’t have as much of a hard time to take the first step out the door.

Reward Yourself

Consider rewarding yourself when you achieve your goal—buy yourself a new piece of athletic apparel or those headphones you’ve been eying. By giving yourself rewards for your hard work, you’ll be more likely to continue on your fitness journey.

Do you have questions about getting started or finding a plan to work for you? Stop in and talk to anyone on our staff. We’ll be happy to help!


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