New Year’s resolutions are a chance to make bold statements and plan massive goals. If only they lasted beyond January…
Understanding why most New Year’s resolutions, specifically fitness resolutions, don’t last is the key to avoiding another New Year’s resolution implosion.
Here’s our top 3 causes of New Year’s resolution implosions and how to avoid them.
Top 3 resolution killers!
In no particular order:
The goal doesn’t excite you
The classic resolutions – getting fitter, healthier, stronger – are great health goals. And who doesn’t want to be healthier, right?
Well, it turns out that plenty of us don’t get excited about the classics. While it’s good to be healthier, is it really that exciting TO YOU?
If the answer isn’t a resounding “hell yes!”, then it’s hard to force the motivation for more than a few weeks.
Fixing this one is as simple as figuring out what’s really valuable to you. If you’re not sure, try the five “why’s”.
You want to be fitter. Why? Because you’ve always wanted to take up running. Why? Because your friends run, so you can join them. Why? Because they seem to bond over common races.
Boom! There it is. Don’t just aim to get fitter. Sign up to a race with your friends to lock in the goal and your true motivation.
Failing to plan is planning to fail
Waking up on New Year’s Day and being full of motivation is great. Overnight your enthusiasm to chase goals is boosted 1000%!
Unfortunately your body’s capacity isn’t boosted 1000%. After a big NYE party, it’s usually about 99% down for the next day or so…
So your motivation and your brain get together to plan your training. But your body is the weak link and lasts only a few weeks of the new regime before the niggles start.
Niggles become injuries and injuries kill motivation. It’s a frustrating end to another promising resolution.
The best way to avoid this pitfall is to get your planning right. Bounce your ideas off someone qualified or at least experienced. A running coach, a personal trainer.
They’ll keep your training load in check and ensure that you don’t overcook yourself chasing that New Year’s resolution.
You don’t acknowledge where you’ve been
Aiming for the stars is awesome. But you need to acknowledge where you’re starting from to ensure a successful journey.
You want to run like an Olympian. But you need to start at the level you’re at now, rather than starting with an Olympic sized training load.
Too often we get our motivation from well-known athletes at the top of their game. We mimic their plan for success – training twice a day, long runs of 40k, strength training.
That sounds like a winning plan until you compare it to your recent training volume – two 5k runs and one yoga class each week. It’s just too much too soon.
The antidote to overreaching is patience. Still aim for the stars but add an incremental increase in volume each week in small manageable steps.
Celebrate the milestones, each little step forward, rather than setting big increments and getting impatient for faster improvements.
Remember that you’re trying to form a lasting health habit, not tick off a set goal and then retire.