Setting a health and fitness goal can really help you to keep motivated. Everyone’s keen the first week in January but by February some of us need a bit more help! At SE Fitness we have a wide range of runners and walkers with infinitely varied motivation. However setting a goal that is personal to you and relevant and achievable will help both your motivation and enjoyment. Here’s a few different goals you might like to consider:
Run or Walk Regularly – Regular running or walking (at least twice per week) will see your fitness improve especially if you are new to exercise. Technology gives us a number of means of tracking our steps / runs / walks and so it’s easy to set a goal that you can measure. I like the #walk1000mile and #run1000mile challenges but of course it does not have to be 1000 miles. Last year I ran 768 miles which sounds better if it turn it into Kilometres 1235!! Let’s see if I can keep injury free long enough to run more than 800 miles in 2019!
Keep on Running – I was talking to one of our longest standing runners who reminded me that Sally used to make new runners write down their goals. Everyone put the same kind of thing “Run 5K”, “Finish a 10K” and so on. She said with hindsight her goal would have been simply to still be running at 60! To be able to run long-term is an excellent motivator for many of you but it still requires preparation – the right training, maintaining flexibility, working on strength, a good diet and generally looking after yourself with regular massage and appropriate rest.
Enter a Race / Walk Event – Completing an event may be the ultimate goal for many. An event on the horizon forces me outside to run even when I don’t really feel like it. Your race goal may be the local parkrun, 10K or something longer. As you know I’m signed up for a Trail Run in the Peak District in March. I’m not motivated by running faster but I love events where the terrain is the challenge and running in a beautiful, wild party of the country is a massive bonus too!
Run or Walk for Charity – Many people enter races or events (there are lots of walking challenges out there too) specifically because they want to raise money for a cause that means something to them. Choose a charity that has special meaning to you helps with fundraising because folks see your passion and understand why you are raising money for that organisation.
Become an SE Fitness Leader – There is no better motivation to turning up regularly than being the one who is leading the group! For anyone who has been running or walking a while helping others to achieve their goal can be extremely rewarding and adds a whole new dimension to your own running or walking.
Enjoy it! – This may sound like an unusual goal but I found this quote which sums up what I mean nicely: “It’s a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do! Running and walking offer us the opportunity to get away from it all for a moment, to enjoy the freedom of time outdoors. Take a moment to enjoy it because that’s the best motivation of all.