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January 17, 2024

Why having an event to train for is the ultimate motivation for sticking to your fitness resolutions

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Are you the kind of person who loves to set health and fitness goals… but often find it really hard to stick to them?

Perhaps you need something to keep you motivated.

Having an event that you’re training for – whether it’s a 5K race, a fun hike on your next holiday, or the Colour Run – is a great way to keep your eyes on the prize, and prevent yourself from flaking out on your workouts.

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Runners giving high five to each other after a training session. Group of athletes celebrating success after a race.

Research from Forbes Health has found that 48 per cent of people said that improving their fitness is a top priority for 2024… however, only 20 per cent said they planned on keeping themselves accountable, compared to 70 per cent last year.

“It is not uncommon for people to set a fitness resolution right after the silly season when they have overindulged and are no longer feeling their best, only to ditch it soon after,” says Ben Lucas, Director of Flow Athletic

“This to me says that there is not enough motivation around the goal they have set. They are missing their ‘why’. That is why I think that having a meaningful goal, an event to train for and perhaps a community to train with would help people stick to their resolutions”.

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Lucas says that he got into endurance running when his NRL career wrapped up.

“I figured that if I had something physically challenging to train for, maybe it would help. I ended up running 35 marathons and ultra-marathons in the space of 5 years. After that I got married, had kids, and of course, like all gym owners, struggled through the lockdowns, so I started competing in fewer marathons over the next few years as life was too busy.”

“If you are new to running, don’t feel like you need to go straight for a marathon. Starting with any running event, such as the Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k which will take place in July, followed by the Bridge Run or Half Marathon at the Sydney Marathon in September is a good challenge.”

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“My suggestion would be to start with a reasonable amount and slowly build your way up to help your body get stronger – even if you start by running 2km and build yourself up from there.

“Sprinkle in some strength training, sprint training, and hill sprints so your body is in tip-top shape for the event, and don’t forget to focus on your recovery too, such as stretching, foam rolling, and ice baths.”

Active woman paddling SUP board on beautiful lake, autumn forest landscape and nature on background, stand up paddling water adventure outdoors, sport and healthy lifestyle concept

If you’re not into running and fancy yourself more of a water baby, maybe adopt stand-up paddleboarding as your new hobby.

Vicki Weston is a huge fan of stand-up paddleboarding – so much so that she founded a whole all-women community around it, She SUPs.

“I’ve witnessed how for many, having a goal-oriented event or adventure to train for can really help with motivation and focus” she explains.

It could be a paddleboarding race event, like the Red Paddle Co Dragon Race.

Or for those with a less competitive nature, simply book something like a three-day SUP retreat into your calendar as something to work towards.

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Red mark on the calendar at number 20.

“Having a tangible goal on the horizon serves as a great motivation to stick to your fitness resolutions, it adds structure to your workouts and the best bit is the sense of purpose and accomplishment you feel when you reach that goal.”

If you’re not super confident on the water, don’t let that deter you. Join a group like She SUPS where you’ll learn how to paddleboard and how to relax into the sport and enjoy it – not just slog through it.

“Doing so with like-minded individuals means that you’re not venturing on this journey alone. You always have a great community to support you, cheer you on and have fun with on the way.”

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