Maintaining those New Year's resolutions

Written by Amanda Manthey plus Dave's Races. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

One month almost down and eleven more to go! Is keeping that New Year’s resolution harder than you thought? If your resolution entailed improving your general health by exercising and you're already feeling defeated, follow these easy uplifting tips.

Most of us lose interest in a daily workout because it is too boring, too long, or we are short on time. We all battle the workout blues at one time or another. First, reevaluate your New Year’s resolution so it is attainable and fits your personal fitness expectation.

Develop three levels of workout routines to maximize your goals, and create an organizational hierarchy based on your abilities. The three levels will be labeled minimal workout, moderate workout, and exceptional workout.

The key ingredient is to listen to your body and do only what you are capable of doing. On the days when your body feels energized and more time is available, your workout can be more intense and longer. On the days when your body is sore and time is limited, your workout can be less intense and shorter.

Rather than saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” reduce the workout and use your three-level workout routines as a quick guide. Remember, you do not want to start over. Reducing your workout instead of skipping a workout maintains consistency and continues to build stamina.

Here are a few ideas when time is limited and some form of exercise is better than no exercise:

  • Reduce your cardio minutes if time is limited, or reduce your resistance or speed if lacking motivation, whether it is on a machine at the gym or running outside.
  • When strength training, choose machines or strengthening exercises that will target two or more muscle groups. This may entail combining two or more exercises into one exercise. This can be more efficient and less time-consuming if done correctly.

Consistency is the key to a successful New Year’s resolution. If the workout blues are approaching, reevaluate your situation and make adjustments to your workout routine. You might need to alter your long- or short-term goals so that they are attainable fitness goals. Remember, don’t give up and keep a consistent workout lifestyle even if it is minimal. It will leave you feeling great each and every day and one step closer towards accomplishing your New Year’s resolution.

Amanda Manthey is a former collegiate runner for Eastern Michigan University. She writes about running and fitness for Dave’s Performance Footgear.

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Dave’s Winter Warriors Training

Monday, January 4 to Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 5700 Monroe St. in Sylvania, Ohio. Are you looking for something different to kick off 2021 with a “new year, new you” resolution? Dave’s Running Shop is offering a low-intensity, 8-week winter running and/or walking conditioning program. It is designed to keep you moving through the winter months and prepare you for the upcoming spring racing season.

The program includes two official group practices: Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Dave’s Running Shop in Sylvania; and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Shops at Fallen Timbers (on causeway behind Red Robin).

Unable to make the meeting days but want the accountability and coaching to keep you going through the winter months? The Dave’s Remote Program option is another way for you to train and stay active throughout the winter months. Our remote program is powered by a fully operational online platform from Training Tilt and offers a robust online experience.

Dave’s MIT – Spring ’21

Monday, January 4 to Sunday, April 25, 2021. Dave’s Marathon Training Group gives you the benefit of personal coaching through a training plan designed to enable you to achieve your goal. The Marathon and half-marathon program will begin Monday, January 4, 2021. The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon will be the focus of all the programs offered. Each program will have different pace groups to meet your needs and assigned coaches for each group. Come out and join hundreds of other runners just like you, and let Dave’s Running help get you to the finish line.

We will be meeting in-person with the necessary social distancing and safety precautions in place, as approved by the Lucas County Health Commission.

Our newest offering is something we have had in the works, and the pandemic has made this the perfect time to unveil Dave’s Running Shop’s Remote Training. Dave’s training programs now offer an alternative to our in-person training for those who may not feel comfortable running with others at this time, runners who prefer to train on their own or may not be able to meet on the official training days due to a hectic schedule, as well as runners from around the country looking for expert training support.

Dave’s remote training includes our full program online, offering everything that the in-person program does except for the official in-person group sessions. Dave’s Remote Spring MIT program is powered by the Training Tilt online platform that has a robust online experience to accommodate all of your training needs and allows for interaction with coaches and other runners in the program.

Dave’s 10-Miler & 10K

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 1101 Panther Pride Dr. in Delta, Ohio. 10-Miler Early Start at 12:30 p.m., 10-Miler at 1:00 p.m., and 10K at 1:20 p.m. Dave’s 10 Miler was started in 1974 by Dave himself and has happened every year regardless of the unpredictable weather. At the race, we have seen highs of 65 degrees to blizzard conditions and ice on the road, so be sure to dress for the weather. The course starts at Delta Middle School and loops through the beautiful countryside of Delta, Ohio. After the race, enjoy some hot soup and fresh Pita Pit sandwiches.