1. Make SMART goals you won’t want to break.
SMART goals are defined as Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timebound. For example, let’s say your goal is to start running this year. To set yourself up for success, you could sign up for a beginner-oriented training group for runners designed to get you to a local 5K start line.
The goal gives you a specific race with a measurable outcome. Plus, the steps you need to achieve the results, along with a group to challenge, motivate and support you. It’s relevant to your fitness level, and you have a particular date by which to complete the training and race. To get even more specific, maybe you decide you want to complete the race within a certain (realistic) time or simply that you want to cross the finish line with a smile on your face. Just be realistic, and be kind to yourself along the way.
2. Schedule runs with others.
Even when the weather stinks or when you don’t want to get out of bed early, you’re more likely to show up if you know someone else is counting on you. Chances are you’ll enjoy the run much more, too. Working out with others can dramatically increase your motivation, and it can help you develop bonds with your run pals that make them feel like family. You’ll have days when you feel great and days when you don’t. But your running friends get it and will encourage you to stick with it. They will push you to run longer and harder than you would have alone.