5 Attainable Goals for 2017
#1 Set a Goal! Studies, like the one done by John C. Norcross, Ph.D., a University of Scranton professor show that people who set a New Year's resolution are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals than those who don't.
#2 Run Regularly. Add 15 to 20 minutes of running or a combination of running and walking four to five times a week to your routine. Add it to your calendar the way you would any other appointment and show up!
#3 Eat Something New. Want to lose 20 lbs? Saying you are not going to eat bread in 2017... not so attainable, but adding a new, health conscious food to your menu each day is totally doable! Check out this list of superfoods from Women's Day and switch out one of the items you currently eat for one of these.
#4 Cross - Train. Find something else you like or might like to try and add it to your fitness regimen. Yoga, weightlifting and other types of fitness can all add to your running goals by increasing strength and flexibility. Giving your body a break from running one day and using muscles in a different way helps with recovery and overall health.
#5 Plan for a PR. Whether it is a 5K or half marathon, set a goal for your best finish time in a race. Choose a race that is at least 12 weeks out, like the April Fools Half Marathon and REGISTER! Knowing that date is on your calendar helps hold you accountable for training. Make sure the distance makes sense for your current level of fitness and the time you have to train for the race. Search online or talk with friends to find running clubs and groups to help keep you motivated, especially through the winter.