This article is based on one first published in Runners World, by Jenny Hadfield, 2016.
The festive season is a busy time between work, family, shopping and social get-togethers. It is easy to understand why many people struggle to keep up a consistent routine. Here are some strategies to keep you motivated at this time:
1. Set microgoals
Break your season up into individual weeks, and every Sunday or Monday, set a realistic activity goal for the next seven days based on what is going on in your life. Some weeks allow for more activity than others, but the key is in maintaining your momentum by starting with a clean slate each week, tailoring your goals to what is possible and working with the flow of your life.
2. Be accountable
Once you set your weekly goal, you’re more likely to keep it if you create a source of accountability. That could mean publicly stating your weekly workout goal on the fridge or connecting with a friend. Create a way you can keep track of your progress and be accountable to your goals.
3. Get social
If you do better when being active with others, build that into your week. Invite a friend or family member to walk with you or do a video class. Running with others can be a source of accountability as well as an inspiration to run longer and harder.
4. Mix it up
Doing the same thing over and over can become boring. This is a great time of year to mix things up: add a class, try something new or change up your routes. By performing workouts your body isn’t used to, you’ll burn more calories and develop new skills and neural pathways.
5. Break the hibernation
Hopefully this summer we’ll be treated to some sunny blue sky weather. Getting out and into the fresh air can do so much for our mind, body and soul.
You’ll be surprised at just how little you need to change to maintain your motivation to move. The key is to set yourself up for success with short-term goals and keep things fresh.
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