Strava, the social network for athletes, says that today (January 17th) is “Quitter’s Day,” or the day Americans are most likely to give up on their New Year’s fitness resolutions.
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To reach this conclusion Strava looked at 685 million global activities, 108,286,060 of which were based in the US. The day they pinpointed actually falls pretty close to Blue Monday. The third Monday of January is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Weather conditions, debt levels, time since Christmas, low motivational levels and other factors all contribute.
But back to New Year’s resolutions. Earlier research has shown that 80% will not make it past mid-February before going back to their old ways. Ultimately, only 10% will succeed.
So it’s is clear. Most of us will fail to keep our 2019 resolutions. But there are things you can do to boost your chances. Ways to avoid the “Ah, screw it!” mentality that leads to cancelled or unused gym memberships.
First off, if you’ve decided to walk more and shed those pounds this year an activity tracker can be a great motivator. There are more than ever to choose from and they’re rapidly coming down in price. Without some sort of quantifiable feedback, it’s difficult to know whether you’re making progress.
Rather that going out alone, for some people it might be better to work out with a friend or a group. When athletes exercise in groups, they tend to go 21% further and those workouts last 10% longer. Athletes who join a club are three times more active than non-club members according to Strava.
The more variety in your exercise program, the better. Activity uploads more than double when athletes change their workouts. Indoor workouts are great, as well. Athletes who shared indoor activities to Strava uploaded three times more activities in 2018 than those who only uploaded runs and rides.
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Most important of all, set goals that are realistic. Strava says 94% of athletes who set goals remain active nine months later. But it’s important to listen to your body, your doctor and common sense, rather than blindly chasing targets. Your circumstances may change during the year so it’s much better to tweak your fitness targets than give up!
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