This is the time of year when everyone seems to be talking about resolutions. I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions; instead of assigning some magical meaning to January 1st, I prefer to commit myself to whatever change I feel I need as soon as I’ve identified that need. Waiting for New Year’s Day seems to be just procrastination.
Still, there does seem to be an undeniable attraction to these resolutions. The end of one year marks a good time for reflection, and the start of a new year marks a natural starting point. This is especially appealing to runners, who measure much of their lives by start and finish lines.
So rather than fight it, I’m going to jump in and add some ideas on what to aim for in setting resolutions.
Set a New Goal – whether trying a new race distance or aiming for a PR, this is a good time to raise the bar on what you can do.
Add to your routine – most of us are painfully aware of the gaps in our health and fitness routine. Whether it’s a lack of stretching, proper nutrition, strength work, or some other regimen, we can all identify something to change on our regular routine. Pick at least one of these and give it a chance.
Do something new – as the saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. When we do the same routine over and over too many times, it often does feel like work. Combat that by resolving to trying some new sport or activity this year.