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With the exception of the super cold weather, (It was minus 24 degrees Celsius here yesterday…not counting the wind chill, Brrrrr…..), I really don’t mind January. This is the time of year for cozying up in front of a crackling fire or enjoying the warmth of a wood stove.
Plus, a new year is a blank slate where you can write the next chapter of your life. There’s no time like the present to set the counter back to zero and reflect on your personal goals for the year. Whether your objective is increasing your workout time, reading more books, picking up a new hobby or getting in 10,000 steps per day…which is one of mine.
If you are anything like me, the first couple of weeks in January you are gung-ho to stick to your “New Year’s resolutions”. But let’s face it, even though we all start the year with great intentions, the road to a new routine can be a steep climb!
So, how will you make sure your 2018 goals will continue past January?
Here are four tips that will help you stay dedicated to your 2018 resolutions.
Four Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions:
- Arm yourself with the right tools
Many of us turn to running in the new year because there are no classes to sign up for or expensive equipment to buy. It may be easy to start, but this high-impact activity requires some preparation. The force exerted on your knees is as much as three times higher than walking, and an injury is a sure-fire resolution killer.
Increase your chances of staying in the race by making sure you’re wearing the right shoes for the way you run and always break in new shoes with shorter runs first. Try replacing the thin insoles that come with your running shoes with insoles made for running. Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Insoles can reduce shock by 40 percent and alleviate pain from common sports injuries including runner’s knee, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis.
- Keep a journal
Take the extra time to expand your resolutions into realistic, measurable goals. Be specific about how you plan to achieve them and track your weekly progress in a journal. Remember to include checkpoints to celebrate the small achievements along the way!
- Practice self-care along the way
If getting active is on your resolutions list, you’ll be quick to develop a love/hate relationship with muscle soreness. On one hand, you’ve crushed a hard workout, but your reward is a sore back and neck. Take control of your pain at home. ALEVE Pain Relief Caplets provide fast acting 12-hour relief from back and body aches so you can get back to it.
- Rest and recovery
No matter what you’re trying to achieve this year, always factor adequate rest into your schedule. Staying up late to finish a book on your reading list can be counterproductive to reaching your goals. Get at least six hours of sleep each night and mix in a meditation session once a week to help refresh your mind and body.
In addition to the examples above, how will you prepare to stay dedicated to your New Year’s resolutions?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.