How to stay motivated with your New Year resolutions

A lot of people set New Year’s resolutions, but how many people actually achieve their goals?

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 7:00 pm
You need to stay motivated to continue with your New Year's resolutions.
You need to stay motivated to continue with your New Year's resolutions.

A recent study in America (University of Scranton) showed that it’s only eight per cent who go on to reach their targets!

With 80% of people giving up the resolution by the second week in February.

The main reason for this (in my opinion) is that they don’t have a specific target to keep them motivated past the first couple of weeks.

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If your New Year’s resolution is fitness related a great way of staying motivated for longer is to SIGN UP FOR A FITNESS EVENT.

Go online, find an event and sign up for it. Don’t just talk about it, actually book it, make it solid and official. Make it a “no-going-back” commitment and stand by it. Let the people close to you know that you’re going to do it so it gives you extra accountability.

But, pick something realistic. If you’re new to running don’t sign up for a marathon, start with a 3k or 5K event, and give yourself enough time to improve your fitness.

In most cases two to three months is enough, you can make huge improvements in that space of time. Then you can set a bigger target once you’ve smashed that one.

Signing up for an event with a specific date is great for motivation because once you’ve committed and told your friends and family, it’s hard to back out.

You’ll be more devoted to your training because you’ll have more accountability. And, when you take on a new challenge, you’re competing with yourself and it can get addictive when you start to see improvements.

So, if you’re wanting some extra motivation for your fitness related New Year resolutions, sign up for an event!

Here’s 10 events in the North East area that may be suitable for you:

Run Durham Dalton Park 5K – March 1, 2020 Run Durham Hamsterley 10K – April 25, 2020 Washington Trail 10K – April 26, 2020 Sunderland City 5K & 10K – May 9 and 10, 2020 Pier To Pier Run 7 miles – South Shields – May 17, 2020 Race For Life 5K – May 31, 2020 Penshaw Half Marathon – June 21, 2020 Sun City Triathlon – Seaburn – August 9, 2020 Pretty Muddy – Chester-le-Street – September 5, 2020 The Tommy 10K Run – Seaham – November 8, 2020