SPEND THE LAST WEEK OF DECEMBER + FIRST 3 WEEKS OF 2019 PREPARING TO BE SUCCESSFUL (updated from December 2017) Why suffer the pressure of composing a New Year Health/Fitness Resolution list on January 1? Prepare a draft on the last few days of December, and then edit and refine it in the first 3 week of the year. Not a mental list, but a HARD COPY, on paper.
A huge barrier to accomplishing goals set at the start of the new calendar, in Earned Runs experience, is to not have invested enough time and effort in the process of building a list of exercise and health behavior to-do’s.
There’s no rule that work on resolutions must absolutely start on day #1 of the next 365 in the coming year. I like to mark the START DATE as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In 2019, it falls on January 21. Holiday festivities can leave us exhausted and disorganized. Resolution makers might be prevented from starting immediately on self-promised improvements by travel disruptions, resumption of full work, school, and family schedules, and general household cluttering that resulted from holiday activities.
It’s nearly impossible to begin new fitness and health regimens under these circumstances. Disappointment at not being able to start reversing previous bad habits leads to discouragement. Before we’ve even started.
Earned Runs suggests this step-by-step process, or something like it, to give yourself a chance at success in establishing, starting, and keeping your 2019 resolutions:
Last week of December 2018:
First week of January 2019 (1/1-5):
Second week of January 2019 (1/6-12):
Third week of January 2019 (1/13-19):
[Earned Runs likes to plan events generally over an entire year, but setting down the specific details of one season in advance.
January 21, 2018:
Start activities for new resolutions!
An Earned Runs example can be seen by clicking on this link.
The important points to keep in mind about making resolutions for 2019:
a) Don’t wait until January 1 to start working on resolutions
b) Don’t feel you need to begin those resolutions on January 1
c) Definitely exercise that first day of 2019, whether its running or walking or working out. It doesn't need to be all an out effort; just a symbolic session that confirms a global intent to work on health and fitness in 2019.
More advance planning and thought will possibly help you continue to successfully make the desired changes identified by the resolutions.
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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