Why not use your walk into the future to work on your physical well-being?
A lot of people make January resolutions to motivate themselves to get fit. You don’t have to limit your motivational time frame to January, you can decide to work on your physical goals anytime of the year.
Check your local area for 5k races and sign up. There are multiple ways to get ready for your first 5K (3.1 miles). A very popular program is called ‘Couch to 5K’ which will start you out with a walk/run platform and build your endurance, so you can start and complete a 5K. You can use this or a similar program to begin the process of joining in the fun of a race weekend when ready. Remember to set measurable goals for yourself. Example: Complete your first 5k under 35 minutes. Your training and mindset should be geared towards meeting or exceeding your measured 5k goal.
Another area you may want to explore is strength training. Building muscle is a great way to reshape your body and enjoy yourself in the process. Start slow and give yourself time to get use to the ‘gym culture’ and build an individual program. You may want to utilize a personal trainer as you get started to learn proper techniques and to create a program to maximize your results. Again, set measurable goals for yourself and make sure you stretch those new muscles.
My walk into the future has allowed me to update my personal fitness goals. I read on Men’s Fitness.com about a guy who decided to walk/run a 5k daily to help him lose weight. He was able to drop over 50 pounds with this process. He started out walking and built himself up to being able to run a full 5k within his documented schedule.
I’m not trying to lose 50 pounds but plan to leverage a similar approach as I gear up for my next half marathon in October. I have completed two half marathons so far this year (Rock and Roll New Orleans and Nashville). My stated goal for 2018 was to run 4 half marathons. I’m well on my way to meeting this written goal. I recently adjusted this goal a bit to include running a half marathon under 2 hours. My personal record for a half marathon is 2 hours and 15 minutes (2:15). I believe adjusting to the daily 5k program will help me increase my mileage base and speed as I gear up for the next half marathon. We will see how this new approach and mindset will work for me. Gearing up for the USO Armed Forces Half in October: http://jaxusohalfmarathon.com/#info
(FYI—I completed 12 5k’s in July).
What fitness goals did you set for 2018? How’s your progress towards meeting or exceeding those goals. Don’t be afraid to adjust as needed but keep moving forward—you can do it!
SAMPLE Training plan below: