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Beating Your Personal Best – How to Up Your Game

 Beating Your Personal Best – How to Up Your Game

COME JANUARY, WE ALWAYS FACE INTO THE NEW YEAR WITH GUSTO AND HOPE

A new fitness programme and healthy living are always top of our list. But sometimes after the initial euphoria it’s only natural that your enthusiasm may waver.

You may have fallen victim to any number of trials and tribulations such as:

  • Bad weather
  • Time constraints
  • Lack of Motivation


  • These can all bring our New Year’s resolutions to a screeching halt before January is even over! I know from my own experience that keeping yourself focused and motivated can be hard when you are in the depths of winter.

    So, lets try and help solve these issues and get you back on the right track.

    1. THE WEATHER

    Whenever I questioned the monsoon-like conditions that frequent our shores in winter, my late Coach Noel Carroll, would often say-

    “There’s no such thing as bad weather David, only weak people”.

    On a very basic level it sounds flippant but I’m sure he was telling me that the weather was only an obstacle to success and in order to “Beat my personal best” I had to first beat the Irish Weather. Over the past number of years there have been massive advances in modern sports clothing. Life Style Sports stores stock the very latest in breathable running gear that will protect you from the elements. So, no more weather- related excuses!

    2. TIME CONSTRAINTS

    “Finding the time” is always used as a reason for giving up a new fitness programme. We live our lives by the clock but when you think about it, an exercise programme will only take 30 mins and that’s an episode of a TV soap!

    If you are still struggling to find time here are a couple of tips:

  • Schedule 30 mins into your day
  • Get Up 30 mins earlier
  • Make an appointment with yourself – and keep it!
  • Remember that exercise generates energy
  • 3. LACK OF MOVTIVATION

    Running does not have to be a solitary sport, and sometimes the camaraderie offered by a running partner or group is all you need to keep going. There is nothing like a bit of peer pressure to lace up those runners once again. Believe it or not, the bright evenings are just around corner and that will herald a new pep in everyone’s step!

    Here are a few tips that I use with athletes and runners to help them get started and keep going:

    GENERAL TIPS TO GET GOING:
  • Tell the world about your new exercise regime
  • Enlist the support of your nearest and dearest
  • Buddy up with a friend - you are less likely to miss a prearranged date
  • Join a fit for life group with Athletics Ireland.
  • GENERAL TIPS TO KEEP GOING:
  • Make the first week very easy and reward yourself
  • Use visual props to map your progress such as a calendar or a phone App - there’s great satisfaction in ticking a date off
  • Keep your runners in full view at your front door so you pass them everytime you enter and leave the house
  • Never start your run with a uphill start – it’s never good for the soul
  • Vary your route, even if it means driving to a particular spot to start your run
  • FINAL TIPS
  • You have to work at it every day
  • Set reasonable weight loss goals
  • Learn how other people stay motivated
  • Remember your goals
  • Reward yourself on completing those goals, e.g. treat yourself to new running gear from Life Style Sports
  • Remember, you don’t have to hurt to enjoy the benefits of exercise.

    I hope you enjoyed the first of my blogs for Life Style Sports! For further information on correct running apparel and free gait analysis call into your local Life Style Sports store.

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