Preparing for 2024
With one month left in 2023, now is the perfect time to get a jump start on the new year. Why wait until January 1 to go after your next ambitious goal?
Top New Year Resolutions for 2024
Half of Americans Cite Fitness As Their Top Priority in 2024.
The same study for 2023 showed that most Americans were focused on improving their mental health. The shift toward physical health as a primary goal in 2024 is smart, experts note, since prioritizing fitness can have wide-reaching impacts, including creating a positive effect on mental health, too.
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Top New Year Resolutions for 2024
5 New Year Resolutions for Runners
Establishing self-care running goals for yourself in 2024 can help maximize your growth and keep you on track to reach new heights! Whether you’re in the Couch to 5k category of runners, or a professional athlete, there is always room to improve your everyday processes. Many runners set resolutions for themselves to hit higher mileage, decrease their mile time, or run further distances. While these can be incredible motivators, focusing on self-care is just as important as hitting that sub six-minute mile. Self-care can keep your both physically and mentally on-track to be as healthy as possible and enjoy running for as long as you can!
Work on Consistency
One of the best was to become a more consistent runner is to create a running schedule for yourself. Try writing down and scheduling your runs for the first month of 2023, checking them off as each day passes. Seeing your accomplishments each day provides additional encouragement for your yourself, and once you begin to see your progress, you’re going to have that burning desire to keep going! Be sure to set a reasonable goal for yourself within the timeframe, and schedule days for yourself to rest each week.
Stretch Every Day
Most runners know they should stretch after every run. However, there are also benefits to doing some light stretching every day, even on the days where you don’t work out. Stretching daily can help prevent injuries, while increasing overall flexibility.
Focus on Foot Care
Foot injuries are unfortunately very common and can cause major setbacks for your running progress and goals. Taking proper care of your feet takes virtually no time out of your day. Wearing moisture-wicking socks can help prevent athlete's foot, alongside the prevention of blistering and irritation. Running-specific socks traditionally have targeted compression on different parts of your foot as well to help alleviate some foot fatigue. Stretching your feet can also help avoid injury and muscle strain.
Incorporate Trail Running into your Routine
Try switching up your running environment by adding a trail run into your routine whenever you can. Not only is this a nice change of pace from running on a treadmill, or around your neighborhood, but spending time in nature has also been known to reduce stress, improve concentration and promote happiness.
Join a Running Group
Joining a running group can help increase your motivation to log those miles, while helping you connect with other runners and make new friendships! You will meet many people who will help encourage you to reach your goals. If you’re looking to make some new friends with similar interests, chatting with new people during a run is also a great place to start! If you don’t know where to find one? Check out your local running store.
Should Running be Your New Year Resolution?
What better way to step into a healthier lifestyle than by lacing up your running shoes? Running is more than just a way to lose weight or improve your stamina, it can benefit the body and mind. Here's why visiting your local running store and making running one of your New Year's resolutions for 2024 could be one of the best decisions you make this Christmas period.
The Surprising Benefits of Running
Joining a community
One of the hidden gems of running is the sense of community it provides. There are lots of running groups to join and even when you’re running solo, you’re likely to bump into other people who are also out running.
Accessibility and convenience
Unlike lots of other sports and hobbies that require expensive equipment, to take up running all you need is a good pair of running shoes and you’re set to go. Running doesn't require a gym membership or finding classes that fit into your busy schedule either, it can be done at a time that suits you, at your pace and in any direction you choose.
Running is a low-carbon footprint activity that doesn’t involve driving to a fitness center. Running gets you outdoors, connecting with nature and enjoying everything it has to offer.
Evolve throughout the year
Many New Year’s resolutions are forgotten about by February, often because they’re unrealistic or uninspiring, but there are lots of ways to ensure running remains fun. You don’t have to be an experienced runner to participate in your local park run or sign up for a race.
Expert guidance and tailored advice
Find a run coach, visit your local run store or just continue being an active part of the Rundown community to get help, support and inspiration for your 2024 running journey!
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I always loved running... it was something you could do by yourself and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
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