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Do you want better success at keeping your New Year’s resolutions? Then think of your resolutions as permanent lifestyle changes rather than activities that have beginning and ending dates. It is important to remember that the overarching goal of any resolution should be to make positive and lasting changes in one’s life.
Have you already given-up on one of your resolutions? Maybe you set a goal to start running and here it is, over a week into the New Year and your feet have yet to see a pair of running shoes. Do not give up! Instead, lace up your running shoes and get going. Even if you made a resolution that was to start on a certain day and that day has come and gone without any action towards the goal, don’t despair, just get started. Every day is a new opportunity to begin or do better.
An important key element essential to lasting lifestyle change is to creating realistic goals. In keeping with the running theme, here are a few steps to help with creating lasting change:
- Determine if the goal is attainable. As an example, setting a goal to start out running three days a week for 20 minutes instead of committing to running five miles every day right out of the gate will help you build a solid foundation for continued success.
- Create a plan that makes positive change over time. For your running resolution, designing a plan to increase speed, distance or number of running days per week over a specified period of time will help you achieve incremental success and continued interest in the plan.
- Build a strong support team. There is strength in numbers, so don’t go it alone. Runners at all experience levels are sure to make new friends with the Dallas Running Club (DRC). The DRC can help you with your training plan and give you the support you need to achieve your running goal. Find the right support group for you in the Dallas area at Local.com.
- Remain flexible. Count on challenges and setbacks. When you get off track, reevaluate your goals, adjust your plan and get going again.
- Focus on your desired results. When you originally set your New Year’s resolutions, you must have had a reason why you wanted to make a change and an idea of what your success would look and feel like. When you waiver or stray away from your plan, regroup and refocus on successfully achieving your goal and thereby creating positive lifestyle habits.
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