New years resolutions – Here’s why you should break them.

New years resolutions are commonly broken, often already by this time of the year. Here’s why this might not be such a bad thing; and why it may actually help you to fulfil your goals better.

Accepting imperfection

Research has shown that people with perfectionist tendencies are worse at achieving their goals than those without. If you slip up, don’t worry about it. Pick yourself up and get back on track.

Try not to push too hard after slipping up, this could lead to burnout.

Realise what you have already accomplished

Instead of focusing too much on the parts of your resolutions you have failed to achieve, reflect on the parts that you have already met.

Use your slip-ups as a reminder of how well you did until that moment, and as a way of proving to yourself you’ll be able to succeed again.

It can serve as a reminder

Stepping back and reassessing your goals, and your desire to fulfil them, can serve as an important way to push to towards the change you want.

Failure can help remind you why you wanted to pursue that resolution in the first place.

A fresh start

Slipping up gives you the chance to start over. It is an opportunity to start again with a clean slate. Learning from your mistakes and moving forwards, implementing any necessary changes is the best way to get over slipping up.

 

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New exercise goals

Having completed my first organised half-marathon on Sunday (9/9/18), I am now moving on to a few new excercise goals. In part because of the cold I had in the week leading up to my half-marathon I was dissapointing unable to acheive a PB, missing out by around 2 minutes. 1hr 47m:00s vs 1hr 45m:16s. Therefore a new half-marathon PB is still one of my goals, however, having spent the last couple of months focusing on longer runs in the build-up to this event it will be nice to be able to spend a little bit more time on shorter distances.

I am now looking at spending the next month or so trying to lower my 5km PB to below 20 minutes, it currently sits at 21m:04s. Along with this I would like to spend a bit more time in the gym doing some strength work as this has been a little bit on the back-burner for the last few weeks. For a while I have toyed with the idea of getting into yoga as a way of improving my flexability. For a stretch, to take me through to the new year I will look at improving my 10km PB as well, currently 45m:13s. Before again taking part in RED January to kick off 2019.

My first organised half-marathon.

Tomorrow (9/9/2018) I will be taking part in my first ever organised half marathon. This feels like a natural progression from the 10km organised runs I have done in the past. Although I have been running as part of my fitness regime for years, I have always found it difficult to motivate myself to really push as hard as I can. Organised runs have helped with this because they have given me a goal to train for, something to look towards.

My preparations for this half-marathon have gone unexpectadely well, for the first time that I can remember I have sustained no injuries whilst training for an event. My performances have greatly exceeded the targets set out in my training plan and I have even found sticking to the plan so much easier than I usually do. One thing I have done this time that differs from my usual training methods is that I have lowered the number of gym sessions I do compared to during non-training times. This has halped reduce burn out which has been a problem in the past. I have only done a couple of weight sessions a week at the gym during this training plan compared to my usual 3 or 4. I have also used other methods of cardio such as cycling as a boost when not running.

This last week I have been suffering from a bit of a cold, which does reduce my expectations for race day a small amount. Even so, I am excitedly hoping that by midday Sunday I will have a new half-marathon PB. I don’t have any future events planned as yet, but hope to find something that I can train towards in the near future.