8 Tips to Guarantee You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

happy-new-yearWe’ve all been there. It’s the beginning of a new year and we have a list of lofty goals for ourselves. Stick to our strength training plan, stop eating second (or third) desserts, or simply run faster.

But like normal people, we runners are prone to fail at keeping our resolutions. In fact, 92% of humanity is back to their old yous by February. As a pal, I’d rather you join the elite eight-percent, the club of people who are successful in giving themselves a makeover. That’s why I am offering you my unpatented eight-step plan to stick to your 2017 New Year’s resolutions. Pitter patter. Let’s get at’er. 

1. Create your own hash tag

Not only does this keep a virtual record of all your resolution related photos, it will help you stay accountable to your friends online! We all know that if you don’t put a workout on Instagram it didn’t happen, so why not tag each photo with your own unique new year’s resolution hashtag! #mapleruns2017 #2017ismaplesyear #2017whynotnow

2. Buy all the things

Everyone knows that the more you pay for a juicer, blender, treadmill, or gym membership, the more likely you are to reach your health and running goals. While you’re at it, buy all the running shoes, clothes, gear, and healthy snacks you need for the year now. Make that investment in you. Go ahead, add to cart.img_1379

3. Find an accountability partner

Ask your competitive running friend to be your accountability partner drill sergeant. Give them full rein to pester you to get moving when your motivation is hibernating in the cold dark February mornings (yes, less than a month away). What else does she have to do, anyway?

4. Register to run a race for charity 

Are you really going to say you’ll raise the money for a cause and then NOT? While we all know stories of people who have committed to raising money and then bailing, this will NOT be you, especially when it comes to saving chimpanzee babies. Pick a cause that is near and dear to your heart and get training. The fundraising will have even more purpose if you know you are busting your butt in training for the race, and knowing you’ll have to fork over the cash to save face if you don’t is a motivation unto itself!

5. Pick a power word for 2016 

Write it everywhere. This word will represent you being successful this year. During a hard workout, a race, or while you’re sitting on the couch contemplating skipping your workout, repeat this word in your mind and ta-daa! You’re ready to rock. Every time you see this word, you will visualize yourself crossing that finish line in your goal time. Boston, here you come. Bonus point for this tip costing you nothing (except for maybe a post-it pad.) Just think, this could be your year of “YES”. (If you need power word inspo, check out our mantra library!)

6. Celebrate New Year’s in July

Set a date in July to celebrate six months of progress with your New Year’s resolutions, which is also a convenient excuse to drink more champagne. Heck, celebrate every quarter if you want! Breaking the year down into chunks will give you manageable timelines and milestones to work towards. For instance, if your goal is to shave 10 minutes off your marathon time, then run a check-in race and celebrate your progress.

img_13627. Adopt a dog

Rover will be ready to run with you anytime of the day. No more will the excuse of not having a running buddy work. The run with your pooch will do both of you a favour, and who knows, you may even adopt a dog who has a built in feature of driving you crazy until you take them running.

8. Make running a chore

I know! We’re supposed to make running not a chore, but if we treat our training like one for scheduling purposes, then we’ll prioritize it. Conveniently, by adding your running to your chore list, you’ll see running along with your other chores like cleaning the bathroom or doing all the laundry and you’ll pick to do the running first every time. If your family wonders why you never get around to cleaning that bathroom, you have a perfect excuse. I ran 32K this morning. Mic drop.

So what are you waiting for? 2017, let’s do this.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?

I'm a Canadian runner with a knack for training in frigid temperatures and completing 20 milers on the treadmill. I'm currently training for a spring marathon, with the goal of Boston Qualifying. Outside of running, I work in public policy and can often be found cross-stitching or being talked out of adopting another cat.

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