The New Year is here and everyone is talking about “New Year, New You!” and setting those all important New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s all well and good writing a list of what you would like to achieve in 2020, but how will you make sure you achieve it? It’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions stick – and achieve something you’ve always wanted to!

Whether you’ve signed up to an endurance trek, half marathon or other fitness challenge, here’s our top tips on how to make sure you succeed!

1. Be Realistic

Make sure you create a goal that’s achievable! Don’t set yourself the target of running a marathon in a month’s time if running is something new to you. Keep yourself motivated by setting an attainable goal – such as completing a 5k Park Run!

2. Create Short Term Goals

Whatever your main goal is, split this into a few smaller goals that you can achieve along the way. If you’ve signed up to a 50km trekking challenge, such as TrekFest 2020, then split this goal into smaller goals. Such as aiming to walk 10km continuously, then 20km etc. Short terms goals will keep you motivated, and keep you on track to achieving your New Year’s resolution!

3. Track Your Progress

Keep track of your training and note down whenever you hit a small term goal. This will then show exactly how far you’ve come! Apps such as Strava are great for keeping track of your training!

4. Reward Yourself

If you manage to complete one of your short-term goals, then reward yourself! Keep your reward in line with your goal, such as treating yourself to some new hiking kit, running trainers or even a spa day.

5. Don’t Beat Yourself Up

There might be times when you can’t make a planned training session, or you couldn’t achieve the full distance. Don’t worry, this is completely normal! Just do the best you can, one day at a time.

6. Tell Your Friends and Family

Don’t keep your resolution a secret, let your friends and family know! They’ll be able to support you throughout your journey and you’ll be more likely to keep on going.

7. Make It Social

Even better – Get your friends and family involved! Even if they don’t want to take part in the fitness challenge itself, they could join you on a few training sessions, helping to keep you motivated!

8. Make Training Fun!

Join a fitness class that you’ll enjoy, such as Zumba or boxercise or go for some training walks or runs surrounded by beautiful countryside. Keep things fun – and you’ll be more likely to stick at it!

9. Remember Why You’re Doing This

Whatever your fitness goal is, there will be a reason why you’re doing this. You might have signed up to a fitness challenge in order to lose weight, increase your fitness levels or to raise money for a cause close to your heart. On those day’s where you struggling to keep going – just remind yourself exactly why you are doing this.

10. Be Patient

You won’t achieve your goal overnight – keep going! It takes a while for a new activity to become a habit, just be patient. By following our points above you’ll be on your way to achieving your New Year’s resolution in no time!  Remember, persistence is key!

 

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