Heading into the new year with a plan to get better can be beneficial for anyone. Setting goals, sticking to the task, and finishing also tends to be something that most runners are good at. Making new year’s resolutions is the perfect way to keep you motivated and bettering yourself. And resolutions don’t just have to be about racking up the miles. Things like giving back, pickup up, pampering yourself, and staying healthy. Can all go a long way to improving your life overall. So check out these 6 new year’s resolutions any runner can benefit from.
6 New Year’s Resolutions Any Runner Can Benefit From
Log at Least 60 Miles Plogging (5 Miles a Month)
Plogging is the act of running / jogging / walking while picking up trash as you go. And as you can imagine, this is the perfect way for runners to get out and be active all while helping the environment. All you need are some gloves, a bag, and a sense of adventure. And you’re ready to go! You’ll be surprised at how big of a difference doing this every month on the same trail or road is to start noticing a difference. So make your new year’s running resolution to give back with 5 miles a month (60 miles total) of plogging at your favorite running spot.
We’re all guilty of it, and yes I’m talking about you. Not stretching regularly or even at all can be a major issue for athletes. Especially as we get older and mobility becomes even more important. Adding a regular stretching routine or yoga class to your schedule can go a long way to both improving your performance and durability as a runner. And if you are already doing something, add in something new you need to work on. Make a plan of action and start the new year right by adding a new flexibility component to your routine.
Volunteer at a Race
The running community gives a lot, now it’s time to give back to the running community. Make it your new year’s resolution to volunteer at 1 race every 6 months. Almost every race has the opportunity for volunteers. Everything from sign up, course marketing to aid stations are mostly staffed by volunteers. And the bonus is that the race director will typically give you food and drinks while you are there, and often provide a race credit for future events. Making it a win win for everyone.
Recover More (Rest, Meditation, & Body Work)
This year make it your resolution to treat yourself with quality recovery. This includes things like getting enough sleep and taking naps when tired. Spending time clearing your mind with meditation and or spending time relaxing in nature. Take care of your muscles with some professional body work, reflexology and massage. And take regular baths with hot water and epsom salts. This self care will go a long way to reducing stress and improving every aspect of your life. Including fitness.
Drink More Water
I know this one can make me sound like captain obvious, but after the holidays and the food consumption that goes with it. We can all use the reminder to make sure we are drinking enough water. And going into the new year is a great time to set an attainable goal and achieve. Some benefits should include better digestion, clearer skin, improved recovery, and sleep. And for those of you that drink enough water already, that’s awesome! My goal is to be there by the end of the year too.
Treat Your Feet
This is one area a lot of runners could use some help. Especially us male runners, who have a reputation for especially rugged feet. So keep those bad boys looking and feeling great, even after racking up a ridiculous amount of miles. Make sure to regularly trip the dead skin, cut your nails, and schedule a pedicure every other month. Make this your plan for the new year. Taking care of your feet when you’re not running, so they can take care of you when you are.
Conclusion – New Year’s Resolutions Any Runner Can Benefit From
New year’s and making resolutions don’t always have to be stressful and tough to follow. In fact, here is the perfect new year’s resolution for any runner to follow:
The Perfect Runners New Years Resolution For Runners
- Go Plogging for one hour a month
- Get a pedicure every two months
- Get a massage every 3 months
- Volunteer at a race every 6 months
And boom! You’re ready to hit the new year right. Treating your body to some awesome recovery while giving back to your local community and the running community.
And if you’re looking for some running challenges to take on for the new year, check them out here!